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Smith: "I wasn't worried"
WARRINGTON Wolves boss Tony Smith said he was not worried at half time.
Wolves had pulled the game back from 16-6 to 16-14 and then went on to nil London Broncos in the second period, running out 44-16 victors in front of a crowd of 1,377 at The Hive in Edgeware, north west London.
Smith felt there were a number of points to overcome, including the spirit of London, the warm conditions and the small pitch dimensions.
He said: “Were we happy with the way we played at half time? No. Were we worried at half time? No.
“We expected that London would have their part to play in this match and they played it very well in the first half.
“London were very spirited in the first half. They didn’t disappoint with what we expected, having watched them against Bradford last week when they were also very spirited.
“We came prepared for that. Some aspects of our game just weren’t quite on in the first half but there was very good control in the second half and we played with the intensity and speed that we would like in the second period.”
And he feels with the second-half performance Wolves have kicked on from the previous week’s win against Hull FC.
A change of tact at half time did the trick.
“The first half we were ok and Broncos were good – spirited, kicked well, chased hard and got some spoils.
“We weren’t too far off in the first half but did not quite have the urgency that we needed but in the second half we certainly showed that.
“To not concede a point in the second half was very good and pleasing. The intensity was there.
“It was different conditions today, there was a little bit of playing against the unknown in terms of not knowing some of the opponents as well as others in other teams.
“And the pitch was different for us too. It’s a narrow pitch with players shoulder to shoulder across the park.
“It was a little bit tricky and it took us a little bit of time to come to terms with some of that and we were wanting to try and run around them rather than punch through them.
“Once we started to punch through them in the second half, with a more direct approach, I thought we got a handle on the game.
“It just takes some time sometimes to work out exactly how you’re going to play the conditions as well.
“It was our first sign of summer rugby, or at least spring. It was a really warm day and it took its toll on a few players a bit earlier than it normally would.”
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