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Intensity pleases Smith
Wolves boss happy to see his side win defensive battle
Warrington coach Tony Smith was pleased his side were able to win a "high-class" defensive battle with Catalan Dragons on Monday night.
The Wolves ensured they stayed second in the Stobart Super League table with a hard-fought 15-6 victory over the French side in front of the Sky Sports cameras at Halliwell Jones Stadium.
And Smith is happy that Warrington, who suffered a surprisingly heavy defeat to Salford last time out, will go into Sunday's Challenge Cup semi-final against Huddersfield on the back of an intense contest.
"It was a real step-up in intensity, particularly after last week. It was a contrast for us in terms of how organised our defence was," Smith said.
"I thought it was a high-class game of rugby league. Neither team was at their best in attack but there were two committed defences and you had to graft your way through it. It was hard, tough rugby league.
"We were up against one of the best teams in the competition and we lifted our intensity. The Catalans are a very good team and at the back end of the year they will be up there threatening."
Smith was forced to change his team just before kick-off when stand-off Lee Briers pulled out with an Achilles injury, with Stefan Ratchford demonstrating his versatility by switching from full-back.
Smith added: "Lee trained all week but his Achilles wasn't right to play. It came as a shock to us all. Stefan did a fantastic job to say he didn't know he was playing until 40 minutes before kick-off."
The Dragons missed a chance to move up into second place as they were handed a first defeat in three games, but coach Trent Robinson was pleased with his side's efforts.
Robinson added: "You want to see more of those battles in our game. We had more arm wrestles than we've had in a long, long time and it was good to see.
"We could have fallen apart in that first half but we fought our way back in. I'm disappointed with our execution but the attitude and the defence that we've created over the last three weeks shows we're heading in the right direction."
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Super League Table
|9||Hull K R||21||18|
|10||Salford Red Devils||21||17|
|13||Bradford Bulls *||21||2|
|Friday 25th July|
|20:00||Salford vs Leeds|
|20:00||St Helens vs Widnes|
|Saturday 26th July|
|15:00||London Broncos vs Hull K R|
|Sunday 27th July|
|15:00||Bradford vs Wigan|
|15:00||Huddersfield vs Catalan Dragons|
|15:00||Warrington vs Wakefield|
|Thursday 31st July|
|20:00||Wigan vs Salford|
|Friday 1st August|
|20:00||Hull vs St Helens|
|20:00||Leeds vs Bradford|
|20:00||Catalan Dragons vs Warrington|
|Thursday 24th July|
|Hull 18 - 18 Castleford|
|Sunday 20th July|
|Hull K R 18 - 38 Salford|
|Huddersfield 52 - 26 Bradford|
|Saturday 19th July|
|Catalan Dragons 40 - 6 Wakefield|
|London Broncos 16 - 58 St Helens|
|Friday 18th July|
|Wigan 56 - 10 Hull|
|Widnes 28 - 14 Warrington|
|Thursday 17th July|
|Leeds 24 - 24 Castleford|
|Sunday 13th July|
|Warrington 72 - 12 London Broncos|
|Saturday 12th July|
|Catalan Dragons 16 - 37 Wigan|
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