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Saints' Ade Gardner finds it frustrating marking Warrington Wolves' Chris Riley
3:00pm Thursday 7th March 2013 in Wolves news
SAINTS winger Ade Gardner says Chris Riley will give him plenty to think about when the two go head to head at The Halliwell Jones Stadium tomorrow night.
The 29-year-old Cumbrian, who has a knack of scoring against Warrington, finds the England Knights international a tough man to put down.
“Chris Riley is a cracking player," says Gardner, who has crossed for 18 tries on his last 16 appearances against Wolves.
"I remember him coming into first grade around 2006 and there was literally nothing of him but he was brave and would have a go.
“He has just got better – and it is a difficult place to cement a place because they have some really good outside backs.
“He was on loan a few years back but has fought his way back and cemented his place. He carries the ball really well and has got loads of tries in him.
“He is a frustrating player to mark, because you think there is nothing of him and you think ‘I’ll get hold of him’ but then he just bounces out of the tackle.”
Gardner will be aiming to maintain his prolific scoring record against Wolves, having scored in 14 of the last 16 games he has played against the men in primrose and blue.
Although he has crossed only once in two games this year in a Saints total of 169 from 263 appearances, Riley can expect a busy night too.
Gardner has been wearing the red V since joining from Barrow in 2001 and was Super League's top try scorer in 2008.
Injuries hit his appearances in 2011 and 2012 but he has fought his way back under Nathan Brown at the start of this season and is looking to impress again in the final year of his current Saints contract.