Poching wants proof Warrington Wolves have learned lessons

Poching wants proof Warrington Wolves have learned lessons

Poching wants proof Warrington Wolves have learned lessons

First published in Sport by , Sports reporter

WILLIE Poching insists Warrington Wolves must show they have learned from the mistakes that cost them against rivals Widnes Vikings.

Wolves host Wakefield Trinity Wildcats in Super League Round 22 after a loss at Vikings ended their 10-match winning run.

But Poching believes Wakefield will prove dangerous opposition at The Halliwell Jones Stadium.

“We were off in a few areas that we’ve been very good in the last couple of months,” said the first-team coach.

“It’s about taking those lessons and learning from them and we won’t know if we have until we play again this week.

“There were some areas off the ball we didn’t quite execute, plays we’ve been good at of late. Defensively as well there were some areas we need to fix up.

“It could be a good thing to learn those lessons. We expected to do a lot better. Full credit to Widnes.”

Joel Monaghan is expected to return, while Poching feels others could have taken the opportunity to lead at Widnes in his absence.

“It is always hard to replace a person of his experience and talent,” he added. “But we had more than enough to compensate.

“To lose someone of his experience is an opportunity for someone else to take a leadership role. It gives them a bit more responsibility.

“We had leaders out there who could have done a good job. Joel should be up for selection, he will be a welcome addition if he plays.”

Wakefield have hit form since James Webster took charge following Richard Agar’s departure and Poching expects a different side to the one Wolves beat 36-4 in May – one now steered again by their 2013 key man Tim Smith, on loan from Salford.

“They’ve been going great under James Webster,” said Poching. “It was a blip last week (40-6 loss at Catalan Dragons) so they’ll be fired up to get back on track.

“They’ve got some of their strike weapons back, they’re a team full of confidence on and off the field and so they’ll be dangerous.

“Tim Smith is back and revelling in leading the team around and doing a really good job for them.

“They’ve got big front rowers, are playing athletically and it’s a totally different team to the one we faced earlier in the season.”

And for former Wakefield player Poching it provides a chance to establish some bragging rights .

“I still live in the area,” he explained. “I know some of the kids that have come through and have got mates who still play there and work there off the field.

“It’s good bragging rights, poking a bit of fun at each other. All the people in my street are Wakey fans, so I cop it all week and it’s always fun to play your old team.”

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