Tetley's Challenge Cup: Warrington coach Tony Smith praises Mick Higham

Last Updated: 24/07/13 9:06am

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Micky Higham in action for Warrington

Micky Higham in action for Warrington

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Warrington coach Tony Smith believes hooker Mick Higham is in the form of his life ahead of Sunday's Challenge Cup semi-final with Hull FC.

The 32-year-old has missed just two of Wolves' 25 league and cup matches this season as he battles Australian Michael Monaghan for the role of hooker at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.

Smith feels the former St Helens and Wigan player has improved as a player and insists he could still offer something to England head coach Steve McNamara.

"If there's been a more consistent player in the competition this year, I can't think of one," said Smith.

"He's always been a terrific runner of the ball but he's a far more complete player nowadays.

"People used to run over him but that doesn't happen anymore. He is a very good defender.

"Teams try to wear him out but he faces up to that and he still hurts them with his running game.

"I think he's in the form of his life. I don't know where he sits on the radar with England but he'd do a great job if called upon.

"We've got some terrific young talented hookers in the competition but, if you need some experience and reliability, you could do far worse than Micky. He wouldn't let anybody down."

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