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Smith hails Ratchford return

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Smith hails Ratchford return

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Warrington coach Tony Smith paid tribute to stand-off Stefan Ratchford after his tryscoring efforts helped the Wolves to a 42-12 win over Wakefield on Sunday.

Ratchford was returning to the fray a month earlier than expected after damaging his shoulder in the sixth game of the season had seen him sidelined for 11 weeks.

And the former Salford utility back made an immediate impact, scoring two tries in 13 minutes to put his side in control.

"It was pretty good for someone who has out for so long with a substantial injury," said Smith. "I thought he did a great job.

"I threw him in at the deep end but he's been training with such enthusiasm for the last few weeks that I knew he would do a good job. He was jumping out of his skin to play in this game."

"It's a tough place to come to and play well. The crowd is on top of you and Wakefield are a good attacking team.


"It took some time for us to get some continuity and flow in the game but we took some things in our hands in the second half. We took control and got our reward.

"It took us some time to realise you've got to invest energy to get the spoils. I thought we were very dominant in the second half."

Warrington's win took them up into second place, just a point behind Wigan, while Wakefield loss keeps them near the foot of the table, leaving coach Richard Agar admitted dismayed by his team's late lapses.

"We went toe to toe with them in the first half", he said. "And we could probably be disappointed we didn't post more points. We got over the line a couple of times.

"But I felt we lost our way in the second half with the way we used the ball and the big concern is the last 20 minutes.

"While Warrington are a good side, I'm dismayed at the way we didn't front up for last 20. That's a major concern for me.

" I would like to have seen us show a bit more resolve. We certainly didn't handle the pressure well in the last 20."

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