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Tim Smith hailed in Wakefield win

Wakefield prop Kyle Amor heaped praise on Tim Smith after the former Parramatta Eels half-back guided the English Super League club to a dramatic 27-26 win at Hull FC on Monday.
Tim Smith hailed in Wakefield win
by AAP

By Charlie Talbot-Smith

LEEDS, England, July 1 AFP - Wakefield prop Kyle Amor heaped praise on Tim Smith after the former Parramatta Eels half-back guided the English Super League club to a dramatic 27-26 win at Hull FC on Monday.

It was Lee Smith who held his nerve to slot the vital late drop-goal for the visitors who climb to ninth in the Super League table, only two points off the play-off places.

Ben Crooks' red-hot try-scoring form continued for the hosts, running in his second consecutive Super League try but finishing once again on the losing side.

But while Lee Smith will take the plaudits for his late one-pointer, it was his namesake Tim that turned the game on its head with some fantastic tactical kicking that laid on the final two tries including a fantastic hanging bomb to the corner that was claimed by Peter Fox.

And Amor admitted afterwards that having a player of the quality of the Australian, who won rookie of the year in his first season in the NRL back in 2005, had made the difference in the end.

"Timmy is a great player and I thought in the match, especially in that second half when we needed him most, he came up with good special plays," said Amor.

"It's great to have someone like that in your side and thankfully for us we got the win.

"It was tit for tat all the way, any team could have won that but thankfully we showed enough grit and determination.

"Hull is a tough place to come for us so to get this scalp is absolutely massive for us."

On Saturday in-form Warrington Wolves took advantage of Wigan Warriors' defeat on Friday as they closed to within two points of the league leaders.

Tony Smith's side won 26-12 at Bradford Bulls on Saturday, former Australian international Trent Waterhouse among the scorers for the visitors.

But despite the victory Smith was left somewhat underwhelmed by his side's performance at Odsal.

"We lacked intensity in the match, but sometimes you can't be at your very, very best all the time," he said.

"I thought our opponents hung in there, tried really hard and were rewarded with a couple of late tries. Well done to them, they really showed their spirit."

Elsewhere former St George Illawarra five-eighth Jamie Soward got off an aeroplane and was thrust straight into action for new club London Broncos on Saturday.

But despite Soward notching 14 points on his debut it was not enough as the Broncos fell to a 44-30 defeat against Salford City Reds who leapfrogged them at the bottom of the table.

And Soward, who has signed with the Penrith Panthers for the 2014 season, admitted afterwards that he had no intention of just turning up for the Broncos to make up the numbers between now and the end of the season.

"I am a competitor and a sore loser. I am not here for a holiday, I am here to play footy and try and win games," said the 28-year-old.

"These kids are still learning the ins and outs of first grade. I am not the most talented bloke but I just go out there and play."

"Tony [Rea, Broncos head coach] didn't really want me to play but I was pestering him and said 'I'm not over here to watch."




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