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Super League: Tony Smith praises Warrington Wolves after win over Salford Red Devils
The honeymoon period is over and we did some silly things.
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Warrington head coach Tony Smith felt a patient approach paid off for his side after they saw off Salford 28-12 at the AJ Bell Stadium.
The Wolves were well on course to make it three straight wins in Super League when they opened up a 16-0 lead at the break, Chris Bridge, Mickey Higham, Gene Ormsby all touching down.
Further tries from Joel Monaghan and Roy Asotasi followed in the second half to make certain of the two points, much to the delight of Smith.
"Salford showed a lot of commitment, worked very hard and defended their try line very well," said the Wolves boss. "We had to be patient and showed real maturity out there.
"I enjoyed our patience but I'm glad we created opportunities. We stayed down their end and put them under pressure without trying to score on every set and play.
"It was an improvement on Salford's recent performances and ours too. Our last 50 minutes against London were very good but this was better tonight. Our halves Gareth O'Brien and Richie Myler are getting better together and were more fluent.
"James Laithwaite played very well. He had his best game last week and even better tonight, and Simon Grix was also impressive in only his second game of the season."
While praise from visiting coach Smith will help ease the pain of a third straight loss for Salford, Red Devils boss Brian Noble warned his players that the "honeymoon period" was definitely now over.
"The honeymoon period is over and we did some silly things," he said. "We shot ourselves in the foot and didn't make the start we wanted."
The Reds were once again without key men Rangi Chase and Gareth Hock and also lost Jason Walton to injury in the second half.
Noble added: "Jason will be out a while with an ankle injury.
"The effort was good but we have to make sure we go in the right direction. We made too many errors and need to play smarter.
"We had six goes at them and scored three tries but their kicking game was better than ours and that was the main difference. We didn't quite handle their ruck speed either."
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|8||Salford Red Devils||3||2|
|11||Hull K R||2||0|
|First Utility Super League|
|Friday 27th February|
|20:00||St Helens vs Castleford Tigers|
|Saturday 28th February|
|14:00||Catalans Dragons vs Warrington Wolves|
|19:30||Salford Red Devils vs Hull FC|
|Sunday 1st March|
|15:00||Hull K R vs Wigan Warriors|
|15:00||Widnes Vikings vs Wakefield Wildcats|
|Thursday 5th March|
|20:00||Hull FC vs Leeds Rhinos|
|Friday 6th March|
|20:00||Wakefield vs St Helens|
|20:00||Huddersfield Giants vs Widnes Vikings|
|20:00||Castleford Tigers vs Wigan Warriors|
|Saturday 7th March|
|15:30||Catalans Dragons vs Salford Red Devils|
|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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