Smith has no preference

Gentle proud of his side despite defeat

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Warrington coach Tony Smith is unconcerned by whom his side will have to face in next week's Grand Final semi-finals.

Wigan can choose to play either the Wolves or defending champions Leeds at home next Friday night, with the side not selected left to face St Helens at Langtree Park on the Saturday.

Following the 24-12 victory over Hull FC, Smith said: "We're going to be up against one of two very good opponents.

"There are four very good teams through to the final stages and whichever one we get put up against we will need to play well."

Second rower Trent Waterhouse and Richie Myler scored first-half tries for the Wolves with help from Lee Briers, while Grett Hodgson scored the Wolves' final try and kicked four goals from as many attempts.

"It was nice to see the half-backs combining," Smith added. "They had to devise some ways to break down our opponents.

"I thought our pack was very good defensively and the work that Trent Waterhouse did tonight was unbelievable.

"I thought it was a good, hard, tough game of rugby league, finals footie by both teams.

"Hull defended very well to keep us to 12 at half-time and we did pretty well to defend right throughout the game."

Hull looked a shadow of the side that had scored 152 points in their previous three matches, rarely threatening the Warrington tryline until the final quarter, when they scored tries through Tom Briscoe and Ben Crooks.

Proud

"I was proud of the way we hung in there," said coach Peter Gentle. "We made life difficult for ourselves but defensively we gave ourselves a real chance.

"We came here a with genuine belief that we could cause upset and, if our execution had been better, we could have done that.

"They strangled the life out of us on the ground. It wasn't until midway through the second half that we generated speed around the play-the-ball."

Gentle insists there were positives from his first season in Super League in which Hull finished sixth but admits he would have struggled to field a team had they got through to the semi-finals.

"It's been satisfying year," he said. "We got better through the season and finished strong.

"We had a few youngsters out there, which augurs well for the future. We're pretty busted up at the moment and I don't know whether we would have been able to pick a side next week."

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