Tony Smith made up with Warrington Wolves' patience and maturity

Tony Smith, watching the win against Salford Red Devils. Picture by Mike Boden

Tony Smith, watching the win against Salford Red Devils. Picture by Mike Boden

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Warrington Guardian: by , Sports Editor

WARRINGTON Wolves’ improved defence was not the only facet of the win at Salford Red Devils that caught Tony Smith’s eye.

“I enjoyed our patience,” he said after the 28-12 victory at the AJ Bell Stadum.

“By being a bit more patient we therefore came up with points because we did stay down the other end of the field at times and put Salford under pressure.

“I think the amount of possession we had in the first half hurt them.

“I liked the patience and some of the combinations, and the fact we weren’t trying to score on each and every set and every play.

“There was some maturity about our performance.”

And overall he considered the third successive win a further improvement on previous showings.

“Our last 50 minutes against London Broncos was very good and I thought we were better tonight.

“Defensively, we’re a whole different team.

“I think we missed 13 tackles against London in total and I think we missed maybe two or three in the first half against Salford.

“There may have been a few more by the time full-time came around but certainly it was a lot closer to the defensive efforts that we’re expecting from one another.”

Although Wolves rarely looked in trouble against Brian Noble’s side, Smith reckoned his men’s own progress came against an improved Red Devils side that had lost its last two games against Widnes Vikings and St Helens following opening wins against Wakefield Trinity Wildcats and London Broncs.

“Salford showed a lot of commitment and defended their try line very well,” he said.

“You can see them working hard to get some results going their way.

“I thought it was a good competitive game.

“Salford didn’t give in and it was an improvement on their recent performances, as was ours.”

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1:35am Sat 15 Mar 14

ninearches says...

I must say that the handling has generally improved & some of the plays are impressive, but we seem to struggle when trying to actually get a player over the try line. There were some gaps available tonight & i can't help thinking "throwing the odd dummy" may have created more tries.
I must say that the handling has generally improved & some of the plays are impressive, but we seem to struggle when trying to actually get a player over the try line. There were some gaps available tonight & i can't help thinking "throwing the odd dummy" may have created more tries. ninearches
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9:55am Sun 16 Mar 14

tangerinewire says...

The issue is we have no player with the X-actor who can turn a game, we get away with it against the likes of London and Salford but against top opposition we have no game breaker.
The other point I have is where is all the gate money going ? I feel a bit sort changed with the lack of a star player.
The issue is we have no player with the X-actor who can turn a game, we get away with it against the likes of London and Salford but against top opposition we have no game breaker. The other point I have is where is all the gate money going ? I feel a bit sort changed with the lack of a star player. tangerinewire
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