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Four-try Evans one of a number of star performers for Warrington Wolves
RHYS Evans received praise from his boss after a four-star show against London Broncos on the right wing.
The Wales World Cup full back replaced the club’s leading scorer, Joel Monaghan, and on his first appearance of the year became the season’s leading marksman with four touchdowns.
It was the first four-try haul of his first-team career.
Wolves’ head of coaching and rugby Tony Smith said: “It was terrific for Rhys.
“He’s not known for being a winger but he’s got the capability to fill in on the wing and did a great job.
“Joel had a little bit of a swollen knee so we rested him. It’s going to make a bit of a decision for me next week against Salford as to who to pick.
“Joel will be back in there no doubt but Rhys did a fine job today, finishing off nicely and had some good involvements too.”
Smith highlighted other individuals too.
“Our other winger Gene Ormsby did some nice things, and scored a really nice try after half time.
“Some of the young boys stood up today.
“I thought James Laithwaite had probably his strongest game for Warrington. He was very solid when he came on and did some good things.
“And Matty Russell showed what class he’s got too. He got us on a roll on a number of occasions with some of his kick returns so I was pleased about that.
“Some of the older faces did a good job too. Chris Hill, Ben Westwood and Trent Waterhouse were all very good.”
And he was happy with how Richie Myler performed at hooker after Michael Monaghan left the field midway through the first half.
That was a ploy that allowed Smith to move Stefan Ratchford into the number six role for the first time this season, while giving Matty Russell his first outing off the bench at full back.
The man to make way was Micky Higham.
“Richie did a good job and gives us another option there,” said Smith.
“Micky Higham was freshened up today and we wanted to get Matty Russell back in the fray, so Richie filled in at hooker and did it very well.
“And Michael Monaghan came back on to finish the game and showed some class in that second stint, particularly with the try he put on for Ryan Atkins.
“I thought Ryan built his game again on top of last week – he showed some glimpses.
“And the other bloke who was full of involvement – although not all picture perfect for him – but effort wise, was Chris Bridge.
“He’s looking really physical and fit and wants to get involved so I’m pleased with some of his involvements as well.”
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