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Westwood 'out of this world'
Second rower earns lavish tribute from Wolves coach
He's tough, he goes all day and was so filthy that I took him off with five minutes to go but he was also appreciative as well because he ran himself into the ground.
Tony Smith on Ben Westwood
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Ben Westwood was picked out for special praise from Warrington coach Tony Smith after the Wolves' dramatic 24-22 victory over Hull KR at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.
Second rower Westwood put in a non-stop display which helped pave the way for Brett Hodgson to grab the winning try with three minutes to go.
"I thought Ben Westwood was out of this world today," said Smith. "He showed what a great rugby league player he is.
"He's tough, he goes all day and was so filthy that I took him off with five minutes to go but he was also appreciative as well because he ran himself into the ground.
"I thought he was terrific and is a real tough and durable player who just turns up and plays footy and I can't rap him enough today, I thought he was a standout."
Smith was delighted to see his side get off the mark in the engage Super League after the opening-weekend loss to Huddersfield.
"Win, lose or draw it was a great game and we could have easily lost it or drawn it," he added.
"I thought we created plenty of opportunities in both halves and wondered how the scoreline was like it was at half time.
"Our execution wasn't fantastic but I was really pleased the players stuck with the gameplan which is something we haven't done for a little while. I'm really pleased for the players - I thought they deserved it.
"Credit to the opposition who played their part in what was a fantastic game. They made it hard for us to execute at times and scrambled well and are a team who just graft away."
Hull KR boss Justin Morgan admitted the last gasp defeat was difficult to take.
"I take my hat off to the boys, they had a real good go out there today against a very good team who I imagine will be somewhere near the top come the end of the season competing for trophies. So to go toe to toe with them is encouraging," said Morgan.
"It doesn't make the loss any easier to swallow of course and leaves you with an empty feeling when you have your pocket picked in the final minutes of a game.
"But give credit where it's due Warrington kept turning up and throwing plenty at us and unfortunately we just cracked at the end.
"But there will be plenty of positive to come out of today in what is a long hard season.
"There's a lot of belief in the team and I think we have got plenty more improvement in us and our objective is to improve each week and hopefully play our best stuff after 27 rounds and there will be more positives than negatives out of today."Super League. Click here to bet.
Super League Table
|9||Hull K R||25||21|
|11||Salford Red Devils||24||19|
|13||Bradford Bulls *||24||8|
|Saturday 30th August|
|17:00||Catalan Dragons vs London Broncos|
|Sunday 31st August|
|15:00||Wakefield vs Salford|
|15:30||Castleford vs Bradford|
|Thursday 4th September|
|20:00||St Helens vs Warrington|
|Friday 5th September|
|20:00||Wigan vs Leeds|
|Sunday 7th September|
|15:00||Salford vs London Broncos|
|15:00||Hull K R vs Catalan Dragons|
|15:00||Huddersfield vs Hull|
|15:00||Bradford vs Widnes|
|15:30||Castleford vs Wakefield|
|Friday 29th August|
|Widnes 24 - 10 Wigan|
|Hull 28 - 0 Hull K R|
|Leeds 12 - 13 St Helens|
|Thursday 28th August|
|Warrington 24 - 24 Huddersfield|
|Sunday 17th August|
|Bradford 34 - 28 Hull|
|London Broncos 40 - 36 Leeds|
|Huddersfield 28 - 14 Widnes|
|Friday 15th August|
|St Helens 40 - 16 Wakefield|
|Warrington 48 - 10 Castleford|
|Salford 34 - 22 Catalan Dragons|
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