Not allowing Chris Riley to play against Warrington Wolves would have been 'unfair', says Tony Smith

Not allowing Riley to play would have been 'unfair', says Smith

Not allowing Riley to play would have been 'unfair', says Smith

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TONY Smith admits it would have been unfair to stop Chris Riley playing against Warrington Wolves after featuring on a regular basis for Wakefield this season.

The on-loan winger scored a hat-trick as Wolves slumped to a 26-40 defeat at The Halliwell Jones Stadium.

Riley did not play in the reverse fixture, but Smith said circumstances were different this time around.

“Last time I think he was a little uncomfortable as much as anything,” said Wolves’ head of coaching and rugby.

“He’s been playing there all year and it would have been silly and unfair for him not to play for them today after so many matches.

“He took his chances there today and did very, very well. He hasn’t scored that many for a while.

“He’s on a rich vein of form and is a terrific young man and we love him dearly – he can have his spoils there today.”

Wakefield boss James Webster said he was grateful to Smith for allowing Riley to play.

He added he would be pleased to sign the winger next season if the opportunity arose, but that nothing was in place between the clubs or the player as of yet.

However, Smith was also disappointed with Wolves’ tackle count, allowing the visitors to put 40 points on the board despite having more ball than their opponents.

“We looked lazy in some areas and a bit off the pace at certain times, I think our missed tackle count will be up there this week,” he added.

“We’ve had some games where we’re at single figures, low teens and it certainly wasn’t one of those days, so there’s a bit of work to do on defence.

“When a team scores 40 points on you, you know your defence hasn’t worked particularly well.”

Wolves took the lead within 30 seconds, but once Wakefield replied they were always behind despite narrowing the gap to two points midway through the second half.

“It’s good that we are fighting back,” explained Smith. “I think it would have been unfair on them if we had pinched it, even when it got back to two points.

“I thought they were more enthusiastic, executed their game plan better than we executed ours and it would have been a bit unfair if we had pinched it.

“We did far from that in the end, that enthusiasm and that plan that they stuck with, it worked for them.

“By that stage chasing the game wasn’t working for us either, after what was an incredible start.

“Sometimes when you have starts like that it can put you in the wrong mindset and I think we got caught up in that from the incredible start.”

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5:56pm Sun 27 Jul 14

realistic southstander says...

I don't think fairness comes into the equation really. it was also not fair that we should have to put with a referee who allowed three Wakefield tries after a succession of forward passes. Officials like this are killing the game and should be demoted immediately. However we should have been a lot smarter at dealing with the persistent offside . It was sod's law that Riley would score though perhaps we were a little generous in letting him get three!
I don't think fairness comes into the equation really. it was also not fair that we should have to put with a referee who allowed three Wakefield tries after a succession of forward passes. Officials like this are killing the game and should be demoted immediately. However we should have been a lot smarter at dealing with the persistent offside . It was sod's law that Riley would score though perhaps we were a little generous in letting him get three! realistic southstander
  • Score: 4

6:37pm Sun 27 Jul 14

ninearches says...

I do wonder after seeing some refereeing decisions throughout RL if at times some dark force is at work to affect results.
I do wonder after seeing some refereeing decisions throughout RL if at times some dark force is at work to affect results. ninearches
  • Score: 2

8:11pm Sun 27 Jul 14

Wire1948 says...

realistic southstander wrote:
I don't think fairness comes into the equation really. it was also not fair that we should have to put with a referee who allowed three Wakefield tries after a succession of forward passes. Officials like this are killing the game and should be demoted immediately. However we should have been a lot smarter at dealing with the persistent offside . It was sod's law that Riley would score though perhaps we were a little generous in letting him get three!
Do people not get bored of blaming the refs after a defeat? Unfortunately we played poorly today and Wakefield were by far the better team. I saw a few forward passes from both teams that weren't given and they generally equal out over a game. McShane ran the game for them and was easy man of the match. Well played Wakefield.
[quote][p][bold]realistic southstander[/bold] wrote: I don't think fairness comes into the equation really. it was also not fair that we should have to put with a referee who allowed three Wakefield tries after a succession of forward passes. Officials like this are killing the game and should be demoted immediately. However we should have been a lot smarter at dealing with the persistent offside . It was sod's law that Riley would score though perhaps we were a little generous in letting him get three![/p][/quote]Do people not get bored of blaming the refs after a defeat? Unfortunately we played poorly today and Wakefield were by far the better team. I saw a few forward passes from both teams that weren't given and they generally equal out over a game. McShane ran the game for them and was easy man of the match. Well played Wakefield. Wire1948
  • Score: 6

9:48am Mon 28 Jul 14

pennstate says...

Riley's performance has provided an excellent deoy to a real analysis of the last two games. Some players did not look intrested and the quality of passing was atrocious. Where did all the confidece go? Ratchford seems to get lots of plaudits, but in my mind he floats in and out of games and shows no interest in offering on field direction. Not sure if telling the playes that management is changing a year in advance is a good move, what will Smith be doing next year?
The attendances are clearly falling and this year despite the streak, has been very disappointing. The atmosphere yesterday was not good apart from the Wakefield fans who thought they were dreaming. Fortunately Leeds are looking fragile but I wonder who we will be watching in France on Friday-should be fun!
Riley's performance has provided an excellent deoy to a real analysis of the last two games. Some players did not look intrested and the quality of passing was atrocious. Where did all the confidece go? Ratchford seems to get lots of plaudits, but in my mind he floats in and out of games and shows no interest in offering on field direction. Not sure if telling the playes that management is changing a year in advance is a good move, what will Smith be doing next year? The attendances are clearly falling and this year despite the streak, has been very disappointing. The atmosphere yesterday was not good apart from the Wakefield fans who thought they were dreaming. Fortunately Leeds are looking fragile but I wonder who we will be watching in France on Friday-should be fun! pennstate
  • Score: 3

11:48am Mon 28 Jul 14

Cheap Mower says...

pennstate wrote:
Riley's performance has provided an excellent deoy to a real analysis of the last two games. Some players did not look intrested and the quality of passing was atrocious. Where did all the confidece go? Ratchford seems to get lots of plaudits, but in my mind he floats in and out of games and shows no interest in offering on field direction. Not sure if telling the playes that management is changing a year in advance is a good move, what will Smith be doing next year?
The attendances are clearly falling and this year despite the streak, has been very disappointing. The atmosphere yesterday was not good apart from the Wakefield fans who thought they were dreaming. Fortunately Leeds are looking fragile but I wonder who we will be watching in France on Friday-should be fun!
Smith is still head coach next year, it's just a change in assistant
[quote][p][bold]pennstate[/bold] wrote: Riley's performance has provided an excellent deoy to a real analysis of the last two games. Some players did not look intrested and the quality of passing was atrocious. Where did all the confidece go? Ratchford seems to get lots of plaudits, but in my mind he floats in and out of games and shows no interest in offering on field direction. Not sure if telling the playes that management is changing a year in advance is a good move, what will Smith be doing next year? The attendances are clearly falling and this year despite the streak, has been very disappointing. The atmosphere yesterday was not good apart from the Wakefield fans who thought they were dreaming. Fortunately Leeds are looking fragile but I wonder who we will be watching in France on Friday-should be fun![/p][/quote]Smith is still head coach next year, it's just a change in assistant Cheap Mower
  • Score: 1

4:54pm Mon 28 Jul 14

Geordie1970 says...

Wire1948 wrote:
realistic southstander wrote:
I don't think fairness comes into the equation really. it was also not fair that we should have to put with a referee who allowed three Wakefield tries after a succession of forward passes. Officials like this are killing the game and should be demoted immediately. However we should have been a lot smarter at dealing with the persistent offside . It was sod's law that Riley would score though perhaps we were a little generous in letting him get three!
Do people not get bored of blaming the refs after a defeat? Unfortunately we played poorly today and Wakefield were by far the better team. I saw a few forward passes from both teams that weren't given and they generally equal out over a game. McShane ran the game for them and was easy man of the match. Well played Wakefield.
I get sick of the Warrington fans around me shouting for offside or forward pass at every play the ball.

If only they would use the same amount of effort in trying to generate an atmosphere.

I agree with Wire1948. You can't blame the referee for the defeat yesterday. We were hopeless in defence and clueless in attack.
[quote][p][bold]Wire1948[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]realistic southstander[/bold] wrote: I don't think fairness comes into the equation really. it was also not fair that we should have to put with a referee who allowed three Wakefield tries after a succession of forward passes. Officials like this are killing the game and should be demoted immediately. However we should have been a lot smarter at dealing with the persistent offside . It was sod's law that Riley would score though perhaps we were a little generous in letting him get three![/p][/quote]Do people not get bored of blaming the refs after a defeat? Unfortunately we played poorly today and Wakefield were by far the better team. I saw a few forward passes from both teams that weren't given and they generally equal out over a game. McShane ran the game for them and was easy man of the match. Well played Wakefield.[/p][/quote]I get sick of the Warrington fans around me shouting for offside or forward pass at every play the ball. If only they would use the same amount of effort in trying to generate an atmosphere. I agree with Wire1948. You can't blame the referee for the defeat yesterday. We were hopeless in defence and clueless in attack. Geordie1970
  • Score: 1

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