Smith hails 'outstanding' Hodgson

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Warrington coach Tony Smith described the performance of Brett Hodgson, left, as 'outstanding'
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Warrington coach Tony Smith described the performance of Brett Hodgson, left, as 'outstanding'

Warrington coach Tony Smith paid tribute to his players after they beat Leeds 35-18 in the Challenge Cup final to lift the trophy for the third time in four years.

Brett Hodgson was the key Wolves man, supplying the final passes to the key tries and scoring the last of his side's six touchdowns. He also kicked five goals to claim the prestigious Lance Todd Trophy.

"It's hard to put into words - I love seeing the players get their rewards. I feel for Leeds, I really do. I thought they put in enormous efforts in the first half," Smith told BBC1. "I thought it showed how much the players wanted it in the second half. Lee Briers handled it well and Hodgson was outstanding."

Hodgson added: "They are a wonderful bunch of blokes. I am over the moon."

Hodgson was on the losing side when Huddersfield were beaten by Warrington in 2009, and he said: "To be on the flip side (after losing to Wigan last year) is very pleasing."

Leeds coach Brian McDermott accepted the Wolves were worthy winners but questioned some of the officials' decisions.

He said: "Warrington played really well - they had momentum and took their chances.

"Warrington deserved to win the game...but you've got to be able to have your calls."

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