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Warrington Wolves forward happy to do whatever is best for the team
BEN Harrison is proof once again that Wolves’ head of coaching and rugby Tony Smith is not afraid to make big decisions for huge matches.
Smith handed the tough Cumbrian his first start at prop forward this year in the semi-final victory over St Helens on Saturday, leaving Garreth Carvell on the sidelines.
Other notable selection decisions include Richie Myler being left out of the 2010 cup winning team and Vinnie Anderson being handed his first start at stand off in the 2009 cup triumph.
“Tony said to me to give some energy, work hard and give it everything I’ve got and then I could get a rest,” said the 24-year-old, who has figured mostly at loose forward this season.
“He put a big and experienced bench together as well which was good for us with the impact they gave us “It’s a tough task to deal with St Helens interchanges Sia Soliola and Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook when they come on but I think our interchange bench did that well. I was just happy to do whatever Tony thought was best for the team.”
But Harrison, who has been performing with heavily supported knees, says he is ready to go.
“My knees are all right, they’re strapped and glued together,” he said.
“One more game and then they’ll get a breather so I think they’re happy to go again this week.
“Tony’s tried to keep me in as good a shape as possible. I’ve had a couple of rest weeks and I only played 20 minutes in the last league game against Widnes.
“We’ve managed the knees quite well but they are ready for a break and recovery from the niggling injuries that keep playing up a bit.
“The will to play and the adrenalin will take over on Saturday night.”