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Warrington Wolves boss Tony Smith highlights the areas his team needs to improve

Warrington Guardian: Tony Smith at last night's Super League opener. Picture by Mike Boden Tony Smith at last night's Super League opener. Picture by Mike Boden

TONY Smith said Warrington Wolves got burned against St Helens in the areas of kicking and ruck play.

But Wolves’ head of coaching and rugby has no doubts there will be improvement week by week, hoping that Saints’ speed of play-the-balls will give his players something to learn from.

He also felt that there was not much between the teams in a first half in which Saints established a 20-4 lead, and it was after the break that the visitors showed superiority before running out 38-8 victors.

“Our kicking game was right up there with one of the worst we’ve had for a while,” he opened with in the post-match press conference.

“It was way off and I thought we got ‘outkicked’ that’s for sure.

“And around the ruck area we weren’t that great.”

He explained that he had seen Saints suffer similar difficulties at the point of contact in their friendly against Wigan Warriors a few weeks earlier.

“Wigan played way too quick for Saints and they got bashed up in that area,” said Smith.

“I think that did Saints a huge favour and hopefully if we use it the right way Saints may have done us a favour in that respect because they were a whole different team on this occasion in terms of handling the speed of the play-the-balls and getting quick play-the-balls against us.”

Smith went on to say that he thought the 20-4 first half scoreline did not reflect the competitive nature of the opening period, and he questioned the video referee decision to allow Kyle Amor’s try to stand – a punishing score that gave the visitors clear daylight.

“I thought in the first half both teams competed pretty well,” he said.

“There wasn’t much between us, maybe a little bit in the scoreline. I’ll have to look at that video referee decision again to slow it down and see what’s gone on with the double movement for Kyle Amor.

“Somebody told me they judged that he was still moving. Must have been his little toe I think aside from his arm and elbow hitting the ground. I’ll have to brush up on that rule.

“But no, I didn’t think there was much between us in the first half.

“St Helens were good when they had the ball and I thought we troubled them when we had the ball in that first half.

“Second half, I thought they were way better than us.

“We had too much panic and were chasing the game instead of having some patience and grafting out a win or a performance.

“So that was a bit of a kick in the backside for us.”

He accepted his side was rattled at 18-4.

“Yeah, chasing the game rather than grafting it out and sticking with it,” he said.

“This time of the year it’s difficult to offload, rally round and throw miracle balls and pop passes out that put people under pressure.

“That’s not the way to go about it. We knew what we wanted to do but we just didn’t have the self discipline to do that at times and paid a price.

“And I thought Saints were terrific. They got on a roll and did all those little things very well and deserved their win.”

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11:27am Fri 14 Feb 14

wolfitdown says...

A lot to ponder this week for TS, I think we will have to go with O'Brien at 6 the pack when all fit is more than capable on its day but doesn't seem to have a leader yet, fortunately for the fans it's not that they can do better more like they must do better.
A lot to ponder this week for TS, I think we will have to go with O'Brien at 6 the pack when all fit is more than capable on its day but doesn't seem to have a leader yet, fortunately for the fans it's not that they can do better more like they must do better. wolfitdown
  • Score: 3

12:23pm Fri 14 Feb 14

akabaz says...

Only one game in 26 to go we will be up there by the end of the season
Only one game in 26 to go we will be up there by the end of the season akabaz
  • Score: -2

1:53pm Fri 14 Feb 14

ninearches says...

Surely it should be expected that quick play the balls are part of the game & not something that has to be learned after defeat. A good ,winning team does the little things right .
Surely it should be expected that quick play the balls are part of the game & not something that has to be learned after defeat. A good ,winning team does the little things right . ninearches
  • Score: 6

2:19pm Fri 14 Feb 14

wolfitdown says...

Your right ninearches, as yet with all the changes we are yet to be a good, winning team, we will have to see if any of the Myler/Ratchford/O'Br
ien mix will work with possibly Myler missing out, all three are good players but they have to perform, the pack will sort itself out in time my only worry there is apart from Currie who is still developing do we have a devastating hard running back row.
Massive disappointment I accept we are rebuilding but last night we were way off the pace even when we did stretch Sts we made continuous errors.
Your right ninearches, as yet with all the changes we are yet to be a good, winning team, we will have to see if any of the Myler/Ratchford/O'Br ien mix will work with possibly Myler missing out, all three are good players but they have to perform, the pack will sort itself out in time my only worry there is apart from Currie who is still developing do we have a devastating hard running back row. Massive disappointment I accept we are rebuilding but last night we were way off the pace even when we did stretch Sts we made continuous errors. wolfitdown
  • Score: 0

2:47pm Fri 14 Feb 14

JMB Old Hall says...

Our priority for this season was a Stand Off Half, we already have a Full Back in Stefan Ratchford which is his best position,and this season we will be found out once again in the KICKING roll and the centre and wing of Chris Riley and Ryan Atkins. Warrington fans watch this space. Saint Helens resolved there kicking problem by signing Walsh who destroyed Warrington last night.
Our priority for this season was a Stand Off Half, we already have a Full Back in Stefan Ratchford which is his best position,and this season we will be found out once again in the KICKING roll and the centre and wing of Chris Riley and Ryan Atkins. Warrington fans watch this space. Saint Helens resolved there kicking problem by signing Walsh who destroyed Warrington last night. JMB Old Hall
  • Score: 8

2:51pm Fri 14 Feb 14

Rowdie says...

Once again we were exposed on the wing in defence....Riley is just useless at defending some one running at him or up the wing...they just brush him aside....he can't even get them pushed out of play; he doesn't have the strength. It happened time and again last season.
Once again we were exposed on the wing in defence....Riley is just useless at defending some one running at him or up the wing...they just brush him aside....he can't even get them pushed out of play; he doesn't have the strength. It happened time and again last season. Rowdie
  • Score: 6

3:15pm Fri 14 Feb 14

ninearches says...

Ratchford is not a fullback !
Ratchford is not a fullback ! ninearches
  • Score: 6

5:06pm Fri 14 Feb 14

Cheap Mower says...

wolfitdown wrote:
A lot to ponder this week for TS, I think we will have to go with O'Brien at 6 the pack when all fit is more than capable on its day but doesn't seem to have a leader yet, fortunately for the fans it's not that they can do better more like they must do better.
Would you have Ratchford or Russell at 1?
[quote][p][bold]wolfitdown[/bold] wrote: A lot to ponder this week for TS, I think we will have to go with O'Brien at 6 the pack when all fit is more than capable on its day but doesn't seem to have a leader yet, fortunately for the fans it's not that they can do better more like they must do better.[/p][/quote]Would you have Ratchford or Russell at 1? Cheap Mower
  • Score: 0

6:48pm Fri 14 Feb 14

JMB Old Hall says...

ninearches wrote:
Ratchford is not a fullback !
Ratchford is not a Stand off half so does that make him just a utility player?
[quote][p][bold]ninearches[/bold] wrote: Ratchford is not a fullback ![/p][/quote]Ratchford is not a Stand off half so does that make him just a utility player? JMB Old Hall
  • Score: 0

7:24pm Fri 14 Feb 14

ninearches says...

I would say he is a utility player ,i think he could even stand in at loose forward if necessary.
I would say he is a utility player ,i think he could even stand in at loose forward if necessary. ninearches
  • Score: 0

7:59pm Fri 14 Feb 14

Cheap Mower says...

ninearches wrote:
I would say he is a utility player ,i think he could even stand in at loose forward if necessary.
Ratchford centre with Atkins on the wing instead of Riley?
[quote][p][bold]ninearches[/bold] wrote: I would say he is a utility player ,i think he could even stand in at loose forward if necessary.[/p][/quote]Ratchford centre with Atkins on the wing instead of Riley? Cheap Mower
  • Score: 1

8:34pm Fri 14 Feb 14

grey-area says...

I still reckon TS is the best around so keep the faith everyone.
I still reckon TS is the best around so keep the faith everyone. grey-area
  • Score: 1

10:44pm Fri 14 Feb 14

Bewseylad says...

The warning signs were there in the second half of the Salford friendly. Once they slowed us down at the play the ball and moved their defence up very fast in a line we had no idea how to progress forward. We have missed the boat in failing to bring in a quality half back and centre that are needed to give us the flair that's missing now that Briers has finished.
The warning signs were there in the second half of the Salford friendly. Once they slowed us down at the play the ball and moved their defence up very fast in a line we had no idea how to progress forward. We have missed the boat in failing to bring in a quality half back and centre that are needed to give us the flair that's missing now that Briers has finished. Bewseylad
  • Score: 6

11:59am Sat 15 Feb 14

wolfitdown says...

Cheap Mower wrote:
wolfitdown wrote:
A lot to ponder this week for TS, I think we will have to go with O'Brien at 6 the pack when all fit is more than capable on its day but doesn't seem to have a leader yet, fortunately for the fans it's not that they can do better more like they must do better.
Would you have Ratchford or Russell at 1?
All will unfold when TS gets his halves sorted I can't see him leaving O'Brien out for his organising, field and goal kicking, with regards to Russell full back I feel is what TS signed him for, the positives are some very good players are going to have to play for places.
[quote][p][bold]Cheap Mower[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]wolfitdown[/bold] wrote: A lot to ponder this week for TS, I think we will have to go with O'Brien at 6 the pack when all fit is more than capable on its day but doesn't seem to have a leader yet, fortunately for the fans it's not that they can do better more like they must do better.[/p][/quote]Would you have Ratchford or Russell at 1?[/p][/quote]All will unfold when TS gets his halves sorted I can't see him leaving O'Brien out for his organising, field and goal kicking, with regards to Russell full back I feel is what TS signed him for, the positives are some very good players are going to have to play for places. wolfitdown
  • Score: 1

1:42pm Sat 15 Feb 14

david james01 says...

I feel sorry for Tony Smith I think he is very Loyal the players have let him down. Please drop Riley. Sorry he has had his chances he is not good enough. Doesn’t have a good reading of the game. We are going to struggle this year. Some of the young players need to step up and prove there worth or let them go. Evans, Lwait, O’brian Both Rileys not good enough. Best of luck to TS in sorting this out. Mind you we have more back room staff than any other super league club.
I feel sorry for Tony Smith I think he is very Loyal the players have let him down. Please drop Riley. Sorry he has had his chances he is not good enough. Doesn’t have a good reading of the game. We are going to struggle this year. Some of the young players need to step up and prove there worth or let them go. Evans, Lwait, O’brian Both Rileys not good enough. Best of luck to TS in sorting this out. Mind you we have more back room staff than any other super league club. david james01
  • Score: 1

10:17pm Sat 15 Feb 14

MAD 4 IT says...

PLAY penny ! DROP riley !
PLAY penny ! DROP riley ! MAD 4 IT
  • Score: 5

6:10pm Sun 16 Feb 14

grey-area says...

Helen Skelton-Myler at scrum half, Richie Myler stand off, Ratchford centre, Penny wing.
Helen Skelton-Myler at scrum half, Richie Myler stand off, Ratchford centre, Penny wing. grey-area
  • Score: 2

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