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Super League: Warrington duo earn praise from coach Tony Smith

Last updated: 18th April 2014  

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Some of our players had their best games so far for the season and, when you get enough of them doing that, it's when you tend to come out on the right side of the scoreboard.

Tony Smith
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Warrington coach Tony Smith singled out Chris Hill and Gareth O'Brien for special praise after they played leading roles in the 44-6 win over Widnes.

Hill was part of a Wolves pack that dominated their opponents at the Halliwell Jones Stadium, his performance proving enough for him to be named man of the match on Sky Sports.

"Chris Hill was absolutely enormous out there today,"Smith said.

"I think thereshould be 17 votes for him as man of the match in the changing rooms and I would have no problem with him voting for himself, the way he played.

"Chris was absolutely outstanding. He sets high levels for himself but he just keeps getting better and is still improving.

"Some of our players had their best games so far for the season and, when you get enough of them doing that, it's when you tend to come out on the right side of the scoreboard."

He was also delighted with the efforts of O'Brien, who only knew late in the week he would be involved after Richie Myler suffered a shoulder injury in training.

The half-back seized his chance in the first team by scoring the opening try, helping Warrington ease into a 24-0 lead at the break.

Smith added: "I thought he was outstanding, particularly in the first half and very solid in the second.

"Right from the off I thought he was very good and he showed some nice touches along the way.

"He didn't know until late in the week he was playing so he didn't have much prep time or practice but he looked like he was determined to try and grab hold of that position again, which is what you want from young guys.

"But there were good performances all over. Our boys have been trying just as hard in every other match, and things just clicked for them a little more today.

"Players need to know they are supported, too, when things are not so good - sometimes from the coach or sometimes from the people of the area or around the place.

"But it's certainly a performance to build on."

Enthusiasm

Widnes coach Denis Betts, who saw his team do the double over Warrington last season, felt his side never matched the enthusiasm of their hosts.

"We let Warrington dominate us," he said. "What we did last year in our games against them was to be more enthusiastic, and that's what they did to us today.

"It's a tough place to come, and I think what happened last year and what has happened in Warrington's last home games played a part.

"We just turned up today without the right enthusiasm. The quality sides get a sniff and they get after you. Things went their way and that's because of their enthusiasm and attitude against ours."

The Vikings face another stern test against St Helens on Easter Monday and Betts added: "I know the players will want to respond, but St Helens will be coming with the same sort of attitude after their result (33-14 home loss to Wigan).

"We know today wasn't good enough and there are certain players in the team who have just not hurt themselves enough and we will work hard to put that right."

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Super League Table - August 28 2014
Pos Team P Pts
1 St Helens 24 36
2 Wigan Warriors 24 33
3 Warrington Wolves 25 33
4 Huddersfield Giants 25 33
5 Leeds Rhinos 24 32
6 Castleford Tigers 24 32
7 Catalan Dragons 24 23
8 Widnes Vikings 24 23
9 Hull K R 24 21
10 Salford Red Devils 24 19
11 Wakefield Wildcats 24 19
12 Hull FC 24 18
13 Bradford Bulls * 24 8
14 London Broncos 24 2
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