Challenge Cup: Tony Smith hails good Warrington performance all round

Last Updated: 14/07/13 8:53pm

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Warrington players celebrate a try against Huddersfield

Warrington players celebrate a try against Huddersfield

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Warrington coach Tony Smith struggled to find any faults with his side's performance as they defeated Huddersfield 44-24 in their Tetley's Challenge Cup quarter-final clash.

The Wolves never looked back after establishing a 20-0 lead after 25 minutes and clinched a semi-final clash with Hull thanks to tries either side of half-time from winger Joel Monaghan.

"It was a good performance all round," Smith said. "I thought our defence was outstanding right from the off and we showed some good skill and scored some really good tries.

"We knew Huddersfield would have a real shot at it and we had plenty of people tell us that too so it fuelled the fire.

"We did a pretty good job for most of it. There was a period when we got a bit sloppy but I like the way we responded.

"We were on the back of an 8-2 penalty count and that's a big issue for us but, to be able to handle that and come back strong, showed some character."

Giants coach Paul Anderson admitted his side had saved one of their worst performances of the season for game.

"We never gave ourselves a chance," he said. "When you play good teams, you have to play well but we saved our worst for the best.

"At the start of the game we completed three out of 12 sets and found ourselves 20-0 down. When we had a period where we went six out of six, it became 20-12 but Warrington went away and scored a try just before half-time.

"I still felt we could compete and get ourselves back in, but the first time we got in a position to score we dropped the ball.

"We got taught a real lesson of intent today. It's a simple game and they ran harder than we did."

Huddersfield lost hooker Shaun Lunt with an ankle injury six minutes into the second half but Anderson believes he will only miss next week's league game against Castleford.

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