Tony Smith happy with Warrington's second-half display in victory over Hull KR

Last Updated: 21/07/13 6:17pm

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Tony Smith: Happy with his side's second-half display

Tony Smith: Happy with his side's second-half display

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Warrington boss Tony Smith praised his under-strength side after seeing them produce a fine second-half display to defeat Hull KR 34-6.

The Wolves only led 12-6 at half-time but ran in 22 unanswered points after the break to claim their eighth win in a row and prevent Rovers climbing into fifth spot, which would have been their highest position of the season.

Smith, who rested skipper Adrian Morley, Ben Westwood, Stefan Ratchford, Paul Wood and Simon Grix with Richie Myler and Ryan Atkins injured, said: "It was a good, tough first half with not much between the sides.

"We were pretty dominant in the second half and the scoreline probably backs that up."

Brett Hodgson and Mike Cooper scored early on to put Warrington in charge but Hull pulled a try back through Jordan Cox to trail only by six points at the interval.

The Wolves, who face Hull in the Challenge Cup semi-finals next Sunday, moved up through the gears in the second period though and scored four tries without reply, Ben Currie going over twice with Chris Riley and Michael Monaghan also getting on the scoresheet.

Smith added: "I was pleased with our goal-line defence in the first half, only conceding one try. We got a lot better in the second half and saw a bit more footy from us with quick play the balls.

"Our bench lifted us and made a difference. Ben Currie played well and Mike Cooper was terrific. Glenn Riley too did some special things and has a bright future in the game. Chris Bridge showed some real class and has worked hard to get back from injury."

Rovers boss Craig Sandercock conceded Warrington deserved the win in the end. He said: "Warrington were too good and are a class side. We gave away too many penalties and today was not our day."

Rovers had tries disallowed for Josh Hodgson and Travis Burns but Sandercock refused to use that as an excuse, adding: "We didn't get the rub of the green but Warrington deserved to win.

"For an hour I thought we were going to win but we took some poor options and Warrington punished us."

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