Text us your news! Start your message Warrington News and send any photos or videos to 80360
Leeds Rhinos defeat hurt Warrington Wolves boss Tony Smith more than loss to Wigan Warriors
AFTER the dust had settled on Wolves’ Grand Final disappointment, head of coaching and rugby Tony Smith reflected on how the night unfolded – believing Wolves could have been on their way to a debut Super League title had they not been struck with injuries.
“Possibly we could have been on our way, but it is hypothetical and there are a lot of ifs and buts in there as well,” he said.
“The signs were good, we had a good preparation and we were exacting our game plan exceptionally well.
“If we would have choked or gone on to lose control of the game in normal circumstances without injuries, then I would be more worried.
“But the injury to Joel disrupted us and from that point we let slip our domination on the game.”
Is it possible, then, that this year’s final defeat hurts more than last year’s to Leeds Rhinos?
“I think quite the opposite,” said Smith.
“In fact the defeat to Leeds was much more frustrating than this year.
“On Saturday there were circumstances that were beyond our control.
“The way we approached the game, the build-up to it, the attitude during the match, up until those injuries we showed that we were on our game.
“When you lose two outside backs and a forward it is very disruptive and hard to cope with for any team.
“The year before, I thought Leeds controlled the match in the final stages and that was more disappointing, that we could let the game go in such a tight arm wrestle.
“There were circumstances this year that you just can’t legislate for and that can make it a whole lot easier to come to terms with.”
Looking back on the season as a whole, there is only one game that really aggrevates him.
“The biggest disappointment this year was probably the Challenge Cup semi final,” he said.
“I think that was a more demoralising day because we did not perform well.
“On Grand Final day we were looking good until a certain point and were playing well, but in the cup semi final we just did not play well at all.
“It has been a pretty good year, though we are obviously devastated that we could not finish it off.
“If you had asked me five years ago, would I take being runners-up in the last two Grand Finals?
“I would have bitten your hand off at that stage, so our job now is to give ourselves a chance of doing that again.
“If we keep consistent and keep putting ourselves in those positions, it will come.”
Comments are closed on this article.