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Smith: No complacency from Wolves
WOLVES boss Tony Smith does not believe his side suffered some second-half complacency despite letting slip a 30-point lead against a spirited Castleford Tigers side at Wheldon Road.
Wolves eventually managed to see out the game 40-26 after five unanswered tries from Ian Millward’s Tigers were silenced by Stefan Ratchford’s late effort, but Warrington were in danger of being at the wrong end of a remarkable turnaround masterminded by playmaker Rangi Chase in the Castleford sunshine.
Smith believes it was more down to Tigers' revival than his side letting their concentration slip.
“I would hope that we were not complacent,” said Smith.
“While I don’t think they were necessarily guilty of complacency, we do all get a bit of that.
“Every human being has a bit of that, though I hope it would not be too much.
“I think the momentum of the game changed and they started to get their fair bit of possession.
“I would like to go and have a look at how many errors they had in the second half, I don’t think it was many.
“That probably had as big an influence as to why they got a roll on.”
Wolves may have cruised into a comfortable lead in the first half thanks to tries from Ben Westwood , two, Ryan Atkins, Chris Riley and Joel Monaghan, but Smith reckons Castleford were unlucky not to be more involved in the game at half time.
Wolves’ solid defensive work and missed chances conspired to prevent Tigers from taking anything from a promising first half performance, but the alarm bells were ringing for Smith at the break.
“It was a game of two halves, that old cliché,” he said.
“I thought Cas were a little unlucky to be that far down at half time, we took our opportunities really well in the first half and they probably didn’t take a few of theirs that they created.
“Whether it was by last-ditch efforts by us that stopped them or by a little bit of skill let them down from time to time, but I thought they were spirited.
“Rangi got a bit more involved in the second half and was much more dominant as the game went on and had an influence on it.
“I am ok with my boys though, I told them not to be too hard on themselves, as we have had a couple of really big weeks, both physically and mentally.”
There were still plenty of positives to take from Wolves’ battling victory, firstly two Super League points and secondly the promising showing of two players making their return from long-term injuries, with Richie Myler involved in many of Wolves’ tries and David Solomona crossing for his first try since a recovery from a broken leg earlier in the season.
“Richie Myler had a good game today, he had some energy and found some space and looked sharp,” said Smith.
“He certainly was putting his hand up there and took his opportunity, as we have got a few boys vying for those positions.
“Stef was a little bit off colour today in the match and we had a set-back when Ben Harrison called in sick last night, so I had to call Gaz Carvell back.
“But there was also some good game time for Solomona as well, I thought he worked hard and was pleased for him and Myler.”