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Warrington Wolves break Super League era record at Hull FC
IT might be a historic night for Warrington Wolves with their 24-18 win at Hull FC, but Tony Smith is keeping feet firmly on ground.
For the first time since the rugby league game switched to summer in 1996, Wolves have won nine games on the bounce courtesy of tonight’s success at Hull FC.
It’s a run that goes back to a loss at bottom-of-the-table Bradford Bulls on May 4.
Smith, Wolves' head of coaching and rugby, said: “We’re not about those sorts of milestones. We’re working hard.
“We weren’t far off at the start of the season but because we get a ‘W’ next to our name instead of an ‘L’ people say we try harder.
“We were trying just as hard back then as we are now.
“We had to fine-tune some things and make sure that we gelled as a team and it takes some time.
“Everyone has their off days and that’ll happen again somewhere down the track but we don’t get hung up on those sorts of things.
“We want to be a tough rugby league team and a team that’s tough to beat. If we do that regularly we’ll come out with our fair share of ‘Ws’ and only a few losses.
“We’re doing ok. We need to keep working hard. We’re solid at the moment and we’re working hard for each other.
“I don’t care if it’s one win on the trot or nine. To come to Hull and play in those conditions with that hostile crowd and come out with a strong and solid win was really outstanding.
“I thought we handled the conditions really well. Aside from a couple of handling errors in the ruck areas or in the tackle, the way we handled the ball at times was really skilful.
“You don’t expect to see skill like that too often in those sort of conditions and I thought that was probably the telling factor between the two teams in the end.”