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Smith - Looking forward to the Challenge

As Warrington Wolves prepare for their Cup semi-final clash with the Giants this Sunday head of coaching and rugby Tony Smith talks about preparations and the task ahead of them.
Smith - Looking forward to the Challenge
by NRL

As Warrington Wolves prepare for their Cup semi-final clash with the Giants this Sunday head of coaching and rugby Tony Smith talks about preparations and the task ahead of them.

The Wolves go into the game following a victory over Catalan Dragons in what was a top of the table clash on Monday evening.

"It was good practice for us. It was a big game but it was also important to get some form and intensity into our performance and I think we got that. I thought we were up against a very good team who also performed well. It was one of the better games of Rugby League this year and it certainly helped us lift to new levels and hopefully we can maintain those levels for the foreseeable future."

The players for Tony to choose from leading into this game look strong as the injury situation improves each week.

"In terms of fit and healthy bodies we are in good state and hopefully there will only be Simon Grix not available for Sunday, that's providing Lee Briers comes through okay and Trent Waterhouse. If that's what we can choose from it shows that we've managed injuries pretty well and the team pretty well leading up to this game."

Huddersfield may not have been in a strong run of form recently but the Wolves will be preparing for a tough encounter.

"They are a dangerous team and we will have a healthy respect for them. We are expecting them to be at their best rather than off their best, which has probably been the case for them in recent times. We all know what's at stake in this game so we are expecting them to turn up with their best game and we need to turn up with ours. We are looking forward to a tough intense match and we've prepared well for that with a tough intense match at the weekend. We're certainly looking forward to the challenge."

There are already talks of Wembley around the town as excitement builds ahead of Sunday's match but feet are firmly on the ground amongst the players.

"We don't get ahead of ourselves. There are people who can afford to do that but we can't and we need to make sure that we concentrate on playing well come Sunday afternoon; if we do that we give ourselves a good chance. There's no-one getting ahead of themselves internally here in terms of the players and coaches as we all understand how much of a fine line there can be between a good performance and a not so good performance and what it can mean. We also understand the outcomes of this game are enormous for the club, players, fans and everybody alike."

Tony believes the supporters will once again make a huge difference on Sunday afternoon.

"I can only imagine that it will be like a home game for us. I think our support will be enormous, they may be the bit that gets us across the line. Hopefully we're not relying on them to get us across the line but having said that they do inspire us, lift us and support us through thick and thin. We are happy that they are on our side come Sunday."

Match tickets are available in WolfWare and on 08448 11 11 76. West and East Stand seated areas are priced at &;26 adult and &;13 concession/junior, and the South Stand standing terrace behind the sticks at &;18 adult and &;9 concession/junior. East and South tickets are also available online.




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