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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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Super League Table

Super League Table - September 14 2014
Pos Team P Pts
1 St Helens 27 38
2 Wigan Warriors 27 37
3 Huddersfield Giants 27 37
4 Castleford Tigers 27 36
5 Warrington Wolves 27 35
6 Leeds Rhinos 27 32
7 Catalan Dragons 27 29
8 Widnes Vikings 27 27
9 Hull K R 27 23
10 Salford Red Devils 27 23
11 Hull FC 27 22
12 Wakefield Wildcats 27 21
13 Bradford Bulls * 27 10
14 London Broncos 27 2
Today's Results
TimeResult
Super League
Saturday 11th October
St Helens 14 - 6 Wigan
Friday 3rd October
Wigan 16 - 12 Warrington
Thursday 2nd October
St Helens 30 - 12 Catalan Dragons
Friday 26th September
Huddersfield 16 - 18 Catalan Dragons
Thursday 25th September
Castleford 14 - 30 Warrington
Saturday 20th September
Leeds 20 - 24 Catalan Dragons
Warrington 22 - 19 Widnes
Friday 19th September
St Helens 41 - 0 Castleford
Thursday 18th September
Wigan 57 - 4 Huddersfield
Sunday 14th September
Wakefield 18 - 42 Hull K R

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