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Smith hails 'superb' Hodgson

Warrington boss praises former Giants skipper

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Smith hails 'superb' Hodgson

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Tony Smith was satisfied after Warrington reached the Carnegie Challenge Cup final with a 33-6 victory over Huddersfield.

The Wolves ran-in five tries during a one-sided contest to book a Wembley date with Leeds Rhinos in August.

The Giants led 6-0 after nine minutes but failed to score any more points and coach Smith said: "I thought Huddersfield played well. They came out firing and made us work hard.

"I thought we controlled things once we got into the game but they were never far off our tail.

"My boys were determined. I thought our forwards were terrific and commitment to our defence was awesome.

"We had a very experienced team out there and I think that helped us. There was a real calmness before the game.

"Brett Hodgson's a great general. He showed a lot of composure and was mistake-free at the back.


"He's a wily old thing. He might not be the fastest or biggest but he's one of the smartest and he's tough. I'm delighted for him."

Former Huddersfield captain Hodgson kicked six goals and a drop goal and scored the match-clinching try at the City of Salford Stadium.

And he admitted the game was a lot harder than the final result suggested.

"We knew they would come at us very hard," said Hodgson.

"The first 20 minutes were as physical as any game I've played this year.

"The scoreline at the end was definitely no indication of how tough and how well Huddersfield played.

"I thought our forwards were exceptional in the way that they took the battle to their forwards and came out on top."

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