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Warrington head coach Tony Smith was full of praise for Ben Currie after the teenager scored two tries in an impressive individual performance against Wakefield, predicting he could go a "long, long way" in the game.
Currie went over twice in the first half at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium to break the Wildcats' resistance and lay the platform for a comfortable 36-4 victory.
Smith said: "He was terrific today. He played three different positions - right centre, left second-row and loose forward - and I don't know which one he played the best in, he was very good in all of them.
"That's a great attribute for a young man to have, to be able to play in as many positions and play as well as that. He had a very, very good day. He's exciting and I hope he continues to improve.
"We'll see how far he goes. He could go a long, long way."
Injuries to Trent Waterhouse and Michael and Joel Monaghan meant Warrington went into the match with an almost all-British 17 and Smith was delighted with how his home-grown squad performed.
"I thought it was a terrific effort," added the former Huddersfield and Leeds chief. "Both defensively and offensively they were very good.
"We had 16 British players out there, we had one overseas player in Roy (Asotasi), and a fair amount of them were young so I'm pleased with that and it's a fairly good stat."
While the Wolves moved up to fifth in Super League, Wakefield's struggles at the wrong end of the table continued.
"I thought we started really well and had opportunities to build some pressure but the way we let the first try in was a bit of a disaster for us," said head coach Richard Agar.
"For half an hour we competed really well and then the last six or seven minutes (of the first half) we came up with some really poor errors."
The Wildcats remained 12th following the defeat ahead of crucial matches against the two sides below them - Bradford Bulls and London Broncos, who are both eight points adrift.
Agar believes four points from those games would all but secure another season in Super League for Wakefield.
He added: "We have always said this middle third of the season is vital for us. Two good performances over the next two weeks can put us in a position where there is a big chasm between us and the bottom two teams.
"If anybody said with 10 or 11 rounds to go that you are 12 points off the relegation places, we would have snapped their hands off."
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Super League Table
|9||Hull K R||27||23|
|10||Salford Red Devils||27||23|
|13||Bradford Bulls *||27||10|
|First Utility Super League|
|Thursday 5th February|
|20:00||Widnes vs Wigan|
|Friday 6th February|
|20:00||St Helens vs Catalans Dragons|
|Saturday 7th February|
|15:00||Warrington vs Salford|
|Sunday 8th February|
|15:00||Huddersfield vs Hull|
|15:00||Hull K R vs Leeds|
|15:30||Castleford vs Wakefield|
|Thursday 12th February|
|20:00||Salford vs St Helens|
|Friday 13th February|
|20:00||Hull vs Warrington|
|20:00||Leeds vs Widnes|
|20:00||Wigan vs Huddersfield|
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