Matty Russell may start for Warrington Wolves against Huddersfield Giants

Smith hints at Russell start

Smith hints at Russell start

First published in Wolves news by , Sports reporter

FULL back Matty Russell could be in line to make a start against Huddersfield Giants next week after impressing boss Tony Smith in Wolves’ loss to Wigan.

Russell came on at full back when Stefan Ratchford moved to stand off and looked lively for a Wolves side who had been struggling to break down the Wigan defence.

And Smith hinted the 20-year-old Scotland international could soon be set for a starting place.

“We were looking for a spark and Matty sure gave us a spark when he came on, as he has done for the last couple of weeks,” said Smith.

“He’s getting closer to forging his way in, he’s had some injury and frustrations and now he’s getting closer to his opportunity arising.

“He’s shown a whole lot in each of the games he’s been in, so we’ll certainly have a closer look at Matty for next week.

“I think he’s feeling more comfortable being in and playing with our guys, so I think he’ll be pushing very hard I’d say.”

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8:52am Fri 21 Mar 14

wirematt says...

He should of played last night tony.russell at full back and ratchford in for that waste of space myler against Huddersfield.
He should of played last night tony.russell at full back and ratchford in for that waste of space myler against Huddersfield. wirematt
  • Score: 7

10:52am Fri 21 Mar 14

wolfitdown says...

Russell must play just for his pace but that will mean TS will stick with Myler and Ratchford.
Russell must play just for his pace but that will mean TS will stick with Myler and Ratchford. wolfitdown
  • Score: 4

11:10am Fri 21 Mar 14

Crofty11 says...

wolfitdown wrote:
Russell must play just for his pace but that will mean TS will stick with Myler and Ratchford.
Let's hope ratchford and Russell are as good as hodgson and briers in covering up at how cr*p myler actually is. TS is loosing it!
[quote][p][bold]wolfitdown[/bold] wrote: Russell must play just for his pace but that will mean TS will stick with Myler and Ratchford.[/p][/quote]Let's hope ratchford and Russell are as good as hodgson and briers in covering up at how cr*p myler actually is. TS is loosing it! Crofty11
  • Score: 7

11:46am Fri 21 Mar 14

Cheap Mower says...

I know GOB is naturally a 6 but may be worth a shot putting him at 7 with Ratchford? Myler doesn't offer anything
I know GOB is naturally a 6 but may be worth a shot putting him at 7 with Ratchford? Myler doesn't offer anything Cheap Mower
  • Score: 0

2:31pm Fri 21 Mar 14

Crofty11 says...

Cheap Mower wrote:
I know GOB is naturally a 6 but may be worth a shot putting him at 7 with Ratchford? Myler doesn't offer anything
Smith is building the team around myler & atkins....2 worst players in the team, neither have a rugby brain...neither of them will be dropped, smith doesn't select the team on form just on his favourites in the team, how neither of the Evans lads got in the team is a joke. O'Brien will be dropped instead of myler.
[quote][p][bold]Cheap Mower[/bold] wrote: I know GOB is naturally a 6 but may be worth a shot putting him at 7 with Ratchford? Myler doesn't offer anything[/p][/quote]Smith is building the team around myler & atkins....2 worst players in the team, neither have a rugby brain...neither of them will be dropped, smith doesn't select the team on form just on his favourites in the team, how neither of the Evans lads got in the team is a joke. O'Brien will be dropped instead of myler. Crofty11
  • Score: 1

7:32pm Fri 21 Mar 14

dnk says...

Crofty11 wrote:
Cheap Mower wrote:
I know GOB is naturally a 6 but may be worth a shot putting him at 7 with Ratchford? Myler doesn't offer anything
Smith is building the team around myler & atkins....2 worst players in the team, neither have a rugby brain...neither of them will be dropped, smith doesn't select the team on form just on his favourites in the team, how neither of the Evans lads got in the team is a joke. O'Brien will be dropped instead of myler.
If this is the case and Myler and Atkins dont perform it could cost TS his job.I honestly dont think he's that daft.Myler's form is poor,mainly due to his poor kicking game,he defends as well as anyone,the team needs playmakers/organiser
s.At present i cant see anyone bar Ratchford doing that and that is a concern.Last night we didnt know what to do when we had the ball .In TS we trust
[quote][p][bold]Crofty11[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Cheap Mower[/bold] wrote: I know GOB is naturally a 6 but may be worth a shot putting him at 7 with Ratchford? Myler doesn't offer anything[/p][/quote]Smith is building the team around myler & atkins....2 worst players in the team, neither have a rugby brain...neither of them will be dropped, smith doesn't select the team on form just on his favourites in the team, how neither of the Evans lads got in the team is a joke. O'Brien will be dropped instead of myler.[/p][/quote]If this is the case and Myler and Atkins dont perform it could cost TS his job.I honestly dont think he's that daft.Myler's form is poor,mainly due to his poor kicking game,he defends as well as anyone,the team needs playmakers/organiser s.At present i cant see anyone bar Ratchford doing that and that is a concern.Last night we didnt know what to do when we had the ball .In TS we trust dnk
  • Score: -2

11:29pm Fri 21 Mar 14

pennstate says...

The slide is gaining pace and last night I watched the most inept attacking display I have seen in 35 years. Smith has coached a number of highly talented attacking players into ineffective, one paced spectators looking for direction. Ratchford must move into the halves, even though his passing game is suspect ,and how there is any question over Russell starting is baffling. I will not single out any players as they are all trying their best - it is a coaching problem which everyone but Smith saw coming. Why we buy 2 more props to loan out when it was obvious we needed at least one more halfback leaves me cold. After travelling 200 miles last night to watch two very poor teams, I look forward to my next visit to Castleford where Powell has worked miracles with a lot less resources than TS.
The slide is gaining pace and last night I watched the most inept attacking display I have seen in 35 years. Smith has coached a number of highly talented attacking players into ineffective, one paced spectators looking for direction. Ratchford must move into the halves, even though his passing game is suspect ,and how there is any question over Russell starting is baffling. I will not single out any players as they are all trying their best - it is a coaching problem which everyone but Smith saw coming. Why we buy 2 more props to loan out when it was obvious we needed at least one more halfback leaves me cold. After travelling 200 miles last night to watch two very poor teams, I look forward to my next visit to Castleford where Powell has worked miracles with a lot less resources than TS. pennstate
  • Score: 7

4:44pm Sat 22 Mar 14

Gripper_S says...

Without a rushed purchase, I'd like to see Ratchford and O'Brien given a chance to form a partnership in the halves- Myler is woefully short on creativity these days, while his passes are invariably slow or high, with the receiver getting the ball while already on the back foot.

Long term, I don't see Ratchford as the answer in this position either, as I believe he'd be a far more effective centre than Atkins, with the need for the club to make a big-name signing of a proven consistent player of international capability.

I'm a keen supporter of TS, but am worried by what now seems like a bit of complacency on the club's part during the transfer periods of the past two winters- and for that, TS has to carry the can.
Without a rushed purchase, I'd like to see Ratchford and O'Brien given a chance to form a partnership in the halves- Myler is woefully short on creativity these days, while his passes are invariably slow or high, with the receiver getting the ball while already on the back foot. Long term, I don't see Ratchford as the answer in this position either, as I believe he'd be a far more effective centre than Atkins, with the need for the club to make a big-name signing of a proven consistent player of international capability. I'm a keen supporter of TS, but am worried by what now seems like a bit of complacency on the club's part during the transfer periods of the past two winters- and for that, TS has to carry the can. Gripper_S
  • Score: 4

7:16pm Sat 22 Mar 14

Cheap Mower says...

Ormsby has done ok over the last few weeks but doesnt really seem to be the kind of player that can make something out of nothing, I'd like to see Penny given a chance instead, if he spots a gap, then 9 times out of 10 its a try.
Ormsby has done ok over the last few weeks but doesnt really seem to be the kind of player that can make something out of nothing, I'd like to see Penny given a chance instead, if he spots a gap, then 9 times out of 10 its a try. Cheap Mower
  • Score: 4

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