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Super League: Tony Smith delighted with Wolves display in Perpignan

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Super League: Tony Smith delighted with Wolves display in Perpignan

Tony Smith: tough and smart display

We rate that performance very highly, not the win as such, but the performance with the difficulties we had to overcome.

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Warrington coach Tony Smith praised his side's battling qualities as they defied awful conditions and a late scare to secure a 14-12 win over Catalan Dragons ahead of the Super League play-offs.

"We rate that performance very highly, not the win as such, but the performance with the difficulties we had to overcome," Smith said.

"I thought both teams were really gutsy tonight. I was so pleased it was raining.

"It would have been a much more attractive game had it stayed dry, no doubt, both teams like to throw the ball around.

"Catalans probably throw it around more than us but this time of year, that isn't going to happen too often.

"We both had to rein our horns in and play a bit tougher and a bit smarter, and kick better and earlier in the tackle count - all the things that Kevin Sinfield has been doing for the last five or six years in getting his team home."

Smith was pleased with the physicality his side produced, especially in defence, in testing conditions.

"I was pleased it was raining but probably didn't want that much rain and it took it to extremes," he added. "It was great for us, we had to stick to our guns and stick to our plans.

"I thought our defence was outstanding, it forced a lot of errors from the Catalans and physically we were very tough.

"I like that and I especially like that heading into the play-offs and we need to back that up next week."

Optimism

Catalan coach Laurent Frayssinous found plenty of reason for optimism ahead of his side's trip to the KC Stadium to face Hull next weekend.

"I think we can be optimistic for the play-offs, the objective was to perform in the last four games against Bradford, Wigan, Leeds and Warrington and I think we did that," he said.

"Even if we still have to learn how to win the big games with a play-off intensity, I'm pretty happy with the performance."

Frayssinous believes the conditions will have hardened his side for play-off intensity of the next month.

"If we want to play in and win a grand final, those are the conditions that we have to play in and learn to win in," he said.

"We have a quality team when the ground is hard, but when it is wet we have to learn to deal with that and be better."

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First Utility Super League Table

First Utility Super League Table - February 27 2015
Pos Team P Pts
1 St Helens 3 6
2 Leeds Rhinos 3 6
3 Wakefield Wildcats 2 4
4 Warrington Wolves 2 4
5 Wigan Warriors 2 3
6 Hull FC 2 2
7 Catalans Dragons 2 2
8 Widnes Vikings 2 1
9 Castleford Tigers 3 0
10 Hull K R 2 0
11 Huddersfield Giants 3 0
12 Salford Red Devils 2 0
Forthcoming First Utility Super League Fixtures
TimeFixture
First Utility Super League
Friday 27th February
20:00St Helens vs Castleford Tigers
Saturday 28th February
14:00Catalans Dragons vs Warrington Wolves
19:30Salford Red Devils vs Hull FC
Sunday 1st March
15:00Hull K R vs Wigan Warriors
15:00Widnes Vikings vs Wakefield Wildcats
Thursday 5th March
20:00Hull FC vs Leeds Rhinos
Friday 6th March
20:00Wakefield vs St Helens
20:00Huddersfield Giants vs Widnes Vikings
20:00Castleford Tigers vs Wigan Warriors
Saturday 7th March
15:30Catalans Dragons vs Salford Red Devils
Today's Results
TimeResult
First Utility Super League
Thursday 26th February
Leeds Rhinos 28 - 24 Huddersfield Giants
Sunday 15th February
Wakefield 44 - 24 Hull K R
Saturday 14th February
Catalans Dragons 13 - 12 Castleford
Friday 13th February
Hull 6 - 7 Warrington
Leeds 38 - 6 Widnes
Wigan 24 - 16 Huddersfield
Thursday 12th February
Salford 6 - 52 St Helens
Sunday 8th February
Castleford 22 - 24 Wakefield
Huddersfield 0 - 19 Hull
Hull K R 30 - 40 Leeds

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