A tough challenge ahead says Smith

A tough challenge ahead says Smith


Tony Smith is sponsored by Cortech Developments

As we look forward to tomorrow's derby trip to Widnes head of coaching and rugby Tony Smith reflects on last week's win over London, updates us on the squad going into Round 21 and prepares for a tough hit-out against our local rivals.

"The players did a good job. I was pleased with them and with the way they went about it. I thought it was very professional. I thought they built the game up well; it could have easily been one of those games that you faltered in, both before and during, but I thought they stuck to the task of doing a really professional job all the way through.

"It was good to have Woody back. He had some good touches and didn't look out of place. We picked up a couple of bumps and bruises so we'll run our eye over Joel and Benny Harrison this week. We've got a few coming back from a rest in Stefan, Roy and Ryan who are all available. They had a break last week so we've got some able bodies back as well. We'll make sure everyone is fit and healthy ready to go."

The Wolves have faced a short turnaround this week with just a few days to prepare for tomorrow's derby encounter which is a tough ask for any team.

"It's tough to turn around. You don't get much work done as it's mainly about recovery and getting players over their bumps and bruises. It's going to be a tough match against our local rivals - on a different pitch, after a short turnaround and they are probably not travelling as well as they would like to be at the moment - for all those sort of reasons it's a tough challenge this week but a challenge we look forward to. We've experienced some bad visits over there as well which makes you very wary about the way they can play. They have got some very capable players but the fear factor can be a good thing sometimes heading into a match so we'll give them a healthy respect.

"They started the season well and since then have had some mixed fortune in terms of consistency and performances but are they a capable, absolutely. We will prepare for their best; if we do that we'll certainly be in for a good, tough match."

The atmosphere makes a big difference when it comes to local derbies and tomorrow night will be no different.

"It always makes it easier when our fans are there singing. We are delighted when they are right behind us and I'm sure they will be as it's one of those games that everyone reminds you of, with bragging rights. We'll certainly do our best for our supporters and I'm sure they'll be there in droves."

Match tickets are on sale in store at WolfWare, on WolfWare Online (up until midnight tonight) and by calling 08448 11 11 76 (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm).

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