Tetley's Challenge Cup: Tony Smith admitted Warrington made hard work of beating Hull KR

Last Updated: 06/04/14 7:21pm

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Warrington coach Tony Smith admitted his side made hard work of their 28-24 Tetley's Challenge Cup fourth round win at Hull KR and was pleased to get through.

Smith's side were trailing 14-10 at the break, but rallied in the second half to end Rovers' cup dreams in front of their own fans.

Smith gave credit to Rovers for making life tough for his side right up until the final whistle.

"We made hard work of it at times," Smith said.

"We turned the ball over not on the terms we would have liked, but I'm very pleased to get through."
Tony Smith

"We turned the ball over not on the terms we would have liked, but I'm very pleased to get through.

"It was a good game and both sides showed how much they both wanted to win the game.

"There were opportunities for both teams to win and fair play to Rovers for fighting hard."

Smith accepted his side were far from their best and admitted improvements needed to be made before the sides meet in the league on Friday night.

"We did some good things but some last plays weren't great," Smith said.

"The last 10 minutes of the first half was good for us.

"We started positively in the second and carried on. We put pressure on ourselves in first half with final-play options.

"We coped with all situations well and some of them were tough.

"We would like to get smoother with parts of the performance but Rovers were in for a scrap and showed very good determination right until the end.

"They had their say and I don't want to disrespect them by saying we should have made it easier."

Close game

Rovers coach Craig Sandercock admitted it was not his side's day against a strong Wolves side.

"It was a very close game and the bounce of the ball was the difference," Sandercock said.

"The players worked hard for each other in tough conditions.

"We had a few opportunities in the second half but Warrington aren't a top-class side for nothing.

"You have to work really hard if you want to score a try.

"Warrington were at full strength and if Rhys Lovegrove had scored we would have led 20-6.

"He didn't, Warrington got a tap and then they scored. It wasn't our day."

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