Tony Smith says Warrington Wolves' physicality impressive but admits side dreadful with ball

Warrington Guardian: Smith says Wolves impressive physically but dreadful without ball Smith says Wolves impressive physically but dreadful without ball

WARRINGTON Wolves boss Tony Smith insists his side showed an improved level of physicality against Wigan Warriors, despite slipping to defeat at the Halliwell Jones Stadium and accepting they were dreadful with the ball.

The head of coaching and rugby said his Warrington side were the most physical they have been all season.

“I thought we took steps forwards without the ball,” he said. “I thought it was as physical as I’ve seen my team for a long time.

“Certainly this year, but even periods of last year I didn’t think we had that sort of physicality so we will look to build on that again.

“We were very good last week but we certainly didn’t build on that. We were probably as physical as I’ve seen my team for a long time, which is a positive, but we were way off in our kicking game.”

However, the kicking game is something Smith felt Shaun Wane’s side got tactically spot on.

“What Wigan did well was kick tactically,” he added. “They found the wind and found the ground and got the ball on the ground very well.

“In their kicking game in the first half they found the ground very quickly as well.

“They certainly went at a speed and pace that gassed us for a while and we were doing a lot back pedalling without the ball.

“Then you get hold of the ball and things aren’t as good and you don’t put on the combination you would like to and the things you have been practising.”

Smith also believes his side lacked patience in attack, their only score coming from a Gene Ormsby interception.

“For the first 30 minutes the way Wigan went about their game and built their game took its toll on us at stages,” he explained.

“But I was pleased with our last 10 minutes of the first half, I thought we got back into the game and showed a bit about ourselves.

“Unfortunately in the second half, we did get the first and second tackle after a penalty and dropped the ball. It showed a little lack of patience in an area we were so good in only a week ago.”

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9:15am Fri 21 Mar 14

ninearches says...

Even Hull KR managed to score a few tries past what is a very mediocre Wigan team ,by their standards. I think it shows how much the magic of Briers was the key to the teams success over the last few years. We don't seem to have a bad defence ,but seem incapable of finishing try scoring moves.
Even Hull KR managed to score a few tries past what is a very mediocre Wigan team ,by their standards. I think it shows how much the magic of Briers was the key to the teams success over the last few years. We don't seem to have a bad defence ,but seem incapable of finishing try scoring moves. ninearches
  • Score: 3

10:24am Fri 21 Mar 14

wolfitdown says...

I feel TS has brought this on himself, the Myler we see each week plays how TS demands very close to the ruck and in fairness has had success in the past as we have had a very go forward pack, this is the problem, Briers was left to his own devices every decision was down to him he was both driver and conductor, all we have now is a bus full of passengers still deciding who's now going to take charge.
I feel TS has brought this on himself, the Myler we see each week plays how TS demands very close to the ruck and in fairness has had success in the past as we have had a very go forward pack, this is the problem, Briers was left to his own devices every decision was down to him he was both driver and conductor, all we have now is a bus full of passengers still deciding who's now going to take charge. wolfitdown
  • Score: 9

5:09pm Fri 21 Mar 14

tangerinewire says...

Yep, Tony Smith and is hapless team have lost their edge and I see no way back. TS seems more interested in making the team "good citizens" rather than great players. Cast your mind back till when we were free flowing with speed. It seems some time ago, we are now slow and predictable. Its time for Moran to bring in the "Second Coming"
Yep, Tony Smith and is hapless team have lost their edge and I see no way back. TS seems more interested in making the team "good citizens" rather than great players. Cast your mind back till when we were free flowing with speed. It seems some time ago, we are now slow and predictable. Its time for Moran to bring in the "Second Coming" tangerinewire
  • Score: 5

9:29pm Fri 21 Mar 14

JMB Old Hall says...

did we complete a set of six tackles last night without dropping the ball no did we look like scoring a try no did we create any ball play no did we execute any moves or decent kicks no but TS says we were aggressive are we playing rugby or wrestling if we get beat by throwing the ball about so be it but i can not accept headless chickens running around with no plan or idea in attack
did we complete a set of six tackles last night without dropping the ball no did we look like scoring a try no did we create any ball play no did we execute any moves or decent kicks no but TS says we were aggressive are we playing rugby or wrestling if we get beat by throwing the ball about so be it but i can not accept headless chickens running around with no plan or idea in attack JMB Old Hall
  • Score: 4

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