Super League: Smith delight with Wolves while Leeds attitude questioned
By Jonathan Doidge. Last Updated: 31/05/14 11:48am
Warrington coach Tony Smith said that his team's win over Leeds on Friday was their best effort of the campaign.
The Wolves dominated from the kick-off, leading 18-0 at the break after two tries from Chris Bridge and one from England prop Chris Hill, all converted by Bridge.
He also added a penalty to edge his team further ahead before the Rhinos struck back through Kylie Leuluai. However, Aussie former Test winger Joel Monaghan added a fourth Warrington try in the closing minutes, with Bridge again converting to give his team a notable success.
A delighted Smith told Sky Sports "In terms of effort it was (our best of the season). We had to dig deep there tonight.
"We lost a back rower early and then we lost another one by the end of the game and we were down to one sub.
"By the end we had some people out on their feet. Effort-wise we covered up for each other. We knew that we were going to have to work hard because as you see, Leeds make it very tough for you to score tries.
"We're happy enough with what we are doing at the moment on the field."
Counterpart Brian McDermott admitted that his Rhinos troops had come off second-best. "We were well beat,"he said.
"It was not good. We've got a few things we need to address there.
"They beat us off the ground. They played a bit too quick for us off those early exchanges. They played a bit too tough for us. They played a bit too fast for us.
"We didn't give up. We kept in the battle for a while. Once Warrington have a fair amount of momentum they play that hot stuff really well and they are a hard team to contain."
McDermott also questioned his players' attitude towards the start of the game and added "That's more concerning than actually what we did during the game.
"We can cut and edit that and make it look bad but I don't think across the board we were terrible. Our attitude wasn't great though and that's more worrying."
Such was Warrington's ability to break down their opponents, they could comfortably have doubled their 24-point haul, but the Rhinos scrambled back well to keep them out several times, including an astonishing effort by full-back Zak Hardaker to deny Wolves winger Rhys Evans.
"They were near our try line far too many times," said McDermott. "We were having to make too many last-ditch attempts. It wasn't anything technical. Warrington played really well, let's get that right.
"They played us off the field, but our attitude towards some of the inconvenient truths, the hard stuff, some of the tough stuff where you've got to bend your back and you've got to carry the ball into the teeth of them.
"Our forwards, in particular, it's the first time we've been like that this year. We've lost some games this year but we've always been in the contest and I thought in the early exchanges they got us."