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Resilience pleases Smith
Sandercock laments leaky late defence
Warrington coach Tony Smith praised his side's defensive efforts as they returned to the top of the Stobart Super League with a 42-10 victory over Hull KR.
The Wolves built up an 18-0 interval lead and although Rovers hit back with two second-half tries, the Wolves finished with a flourish to run out comfortable winners.
Smith said: "In the first half our defence was unbelievable. To give them so much ball on our try line it was remarkable not to cave in.
"I think we had around 36 tackles in a row on our own line just before half-time and that shows a fair bit of commitment from the team to defend that many back-to-back sets.
"But it does have a price to pay if you have to defend that much and we didn't really control the ball well enough. We had a great start to the game with a couple of spectacular tries and I think we thought we were going to be able to do that all day.
"But we were able to finish off with a few more spectacular tries which we are capable of."
Hull KR coach Craig Sandercock was disappointed his side let the scoreboard get away from them late in the game.
The Robins conceded three tries in the final six minutes and Sandercock said: "I'm very disappointed with the last three tries that's for sure and obviously (Brett) Hodgson was on with his goalkicking, and that exacerbates the situation.
"We fought back well to 18-10 and I thought we might just sneak home here but at the end there was some very inept defence by us which exacerbated the scoreline.
"It's fair to say we panicked when we had some ball attacking their line and some players who probably should no better threw some passes that weren't on and offloading a fair bit and tending to try and push the pass and lacked the composure needed.
"Warrington have a myriad of international players and we haven't and you need to be at your best and a couple of individuals were slightly down and every single 50-50 call went against us and we had no luck."
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|10||Salford Red Devils||3||2|
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|20:00||Hull FC vs Leeds Rhinos|
|Friday 6th March|
|20:00||Wakefield Wildcats vs St Helens|
|20:00||Huddersfield Giants vs Widnes Vikings|
|20:00||Castleford Tigers vs Wigan Warriors|
|Saturday 7th March|
|15:30||Catalans Dragons vs Salford Red Devils|
|Sunday 8th March|
|15:00||Warrington Wolves vs Hull K R|
|Thursday 12th March|
|20:00||Huddersfield vs Castleford|
|Friday 13th March|
|20:00||Warrington vs Leeds|
|20:00||Wigan vs Hull|
|20:00||Widnes Vikings vs St Helens|
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|Sunday 1st March|
|Widnes Vikings 16 - 58 Wakefield Wildcats|
|Hull K R 22 - 20 Wigan Warriors|
|Saturday 28th February|
|Salford Red Devils 32 - 28 Hull FC|
|Catalans Dragons 38 - 18 Warrington Wolves|
|Friday 27th February|
|St Helens 21 - 14 Castleford Tigers|
|Thursday 26th February|
|Leeds Rhinos 28 - 24 Huddersfield Giants|
|Sunday 15th February|
|Wakefield 44 - 24 Hull K R|
|Saturday 14th February|
|Catalans Dragons 13 - 12 Castleford|
|Friday 13th February|
|Hull 6 - 7 Warrington|
|Leeds 38 - 6 Widnes|
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