IMPROVING Warrington Wolves have been set a challenge by boss Tony Smith.
He described Sunday’s final 50 minutes at London Broncos, when Wolves turned a 16-6 deficit into a 44-16 success, as ‘by far the best we’ve played this year’ and wants further progress at Salford Red Devils tomorrow night, Friday, kick off 8pm.
“We just need to build on those last 50 minutes and stretch them out to be a bit longer in terms of performance,” said Wolves’ head of coaching and rugby, who welcomes back experienced trio Simon Grix (ankle), Joel Monaghan (knee) and Micky Higham (rested) for the clash.
“We’re looking for a really strong 80 minutes of rugby league. We haven’t quite put that together yet this year and that’s the ambition for this week.”
Additional available troops competing for places could help achieve that goal, as would getting to grips with an enthusiastic Devils side that includes Wolves’ most decorated captain Adrian Morley and Wigan’s 2013 Grand Final winner Harrison Hansen.
“I think they’re a dangerous team,” said Smith of an outfit that has been rebuilt with 16 close-season signings.
“They’ve got a lot of known, experienced and quality players.
“Salford have shown signs of being very good at times and also being a bit susceptible at times, some of which is down to new combinations.
“They’ve got an experienced pack of big forwards and that’s the first test. We need to match them up front and then hopefully the experience and some of the form that’s coming back for some of our backs may well take advantage of that work.”