Warrington Wolves boss sets '80' target for Salford trip

Wolves' head of coaching and rugby Tony Smith

Wolves' head of coaching and rugby Tony Smith

First published in Wolves news Warrington Guardian: by , Sports Editor

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.”

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4:02pm Thu 13 Mar 14

Bakubrit says...

Good luck Wolves.
This game against the City Reds is a yardstick of how of our "rebuilt" team is going to perform for the remainder of this campaign. Maybe next Thursday will be a truer test.
I personally have my doubts about the whole campaign because the loss of Briers, Morley, Carvall et al, is monumental and the other halves and grunters up front we have are, in my opinion, not quite ready. The pundits making the Wolves as title favourites is something I cannot get my head around. Top 4 a possibility, yes, but top of the pile, I can't see this but I wish.
Guys prove me wrong - please.
Good luck Wolves. This game against the City Reds is a yardstick of how of our "rebuilt" team is going to perform for the remainder of this campaign. Maybe next Thursday will be a truer test. I personally have my doubts about the whole campaign because the loss of Briers, Morley, Carvall et al, is monumental and the other halves and grunters up front we have are, in my opinion, not quite ready. The pundits making the Wolves as title favourites is something I cannot get my head around. Top 4 a possibility, yes, but top of the pile, I can't see this but I wish. Guys prove me wrong - please. Bakubrit
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8:55am Fri 14 Mar 14

SickAndTired2 says...

It's always your year... It's always your yeeeeeeaaarrr... Just like the last one, it's always your year.

Not this year Wire fans!
It's always your year... It's always your yeeeeeeaaarrr... Just like the last one, it's always your year. Not this year Wire fans! SickAndTired2
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