Super League: Warrington coach Tony Smith praises strong defence

Last updated: 28th April 2013  

Super League: Warrington coach Tony Smith praises strong defence

Tony Smith: Pleased with Warrington's defensive efforts

To concede just four points in a Super League game and against a top-eight side is pretty good going and the try we did concede came after 21 tackles in a row.

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Warrington coach Tony Smith welcomed his team's strong defensive effort in the 32-4 victory over Bradford at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.

Last year's Grand Final runners-up and Challenge Cup winners have leaked plenty of points in recent weeks but kept the Bulls to just one try on Sunday afternoon.

Smith said: "To concede just four points in a Super League game and against a top-eight side is pretty good going and the try we did concede came after 21 tackles in a row.

"Today showed the grittiness we have had in the past and we have been working hard on that aspect of our game, so that was pretty pleasing

"Bradford are a hard-working team and were never going to give us any free passages, but as a team we felt if we were patient and didn't panic about the scoreline or the conditions or amount of defence we had to do we would be ok.

"There were some really excellent plays within the game and I love watching those sorts of plays like most people do.

"Joel (Monaghan) bringing down the ball and getting it down in the corner was pretty special and the interchange of passing was terrific at times.

"Attacking wise I thought Micky Higham was really good and Ben Currie and Trent Waterhouse were doing really well and coming up with some really big plays."

Composure

Bradford coach Francis Cummins was happy with his side's efforts against Wire but felt missed opportunities cost them dear.

Cummins said: "I thought we probably lacked a little composure and missed some opportunities but the effort was there again but you need more than effort to beat the bigger teams.

"Teams like Warrington have definitely got the experience that I can't give to my team just yet but you have to deliver it on the day against the bigger teams.

"I'm frustrated we lost our way a bit and a little annoyed with our composure and not sticking to what we wanted to do but all credit to Warrington.

"We had some opportunities when we took three or four wrong options and they got a roll on which made the difference."

Wolves boss Smith also pointed out his club boasted four young debutants in Super League this weekend, with Glenn Riley and Danny Bridge playing for the Wolves, Ben Evans for the Bulls and James Mendeika for London.

Smith said: "We had four debutants over the weekend which is pretty good going and good for our club to produce so many young players coming through. We are proud and pleased for each of those players."

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