Smith happy despite Castleford comeback

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Tony Smith said his Warrington Wolves have had a 'rough couple of weeks'
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Tony Smith said his Warrington Wolves have had a 'rough couple of weeks'

Tony Smith said he would not be 'overly critical' of his Warrington Wolves side, after they almost surrendered a 34-point lead against the Castleford Tigers.

The Challenge Cup finalists appeared to be coasting to victory midway through the second-half, leading 34-0. But the Tigers rallied to score 26 unanswered points, leaving the game in the balance, before Stefan Ratchford's late try secured a vital 40-26 result for Smith's men.

"I'm okay with my boys, I've just told them that," Smith said. "We've had a rough couple of weeks, both physically and mentally. I'm pleased with the victory, and we'll go and review the game like we normally do, and try to reproduce the things we've done well."

The Wolves head coach also shrugged off any claims of complacency amongst his players, despite the second-half performance. He said: "I don't think there was any complacency out there, more momentum of games, and they started to get their share of the ball in the second-half."

Smith reserved praise for Richie Myler, with the scrum-half putting in a competent display at half-back for the Wolves, who further strengthened their grip on second place in the Stobart Super League with victory.

"I thought he had a good game out there," Smith said. "He had some energy and focus, and he looked really sharp. He certainly put his hand up, as we've got a few boys vying for those spots, and Richie did well."

Castleford head coach Ian Millward said he was 'proud' of his side's second-half performance, and expressed his frustration at a difficult first period.

"The first-half was quite frustrating, we came close to scoring on a couple of occasions, and the difference between the two teams in the first period was their clinical finishing," he said.

"I thought in the second-half we had a good attitude, good intensity, and we executed some really great tries, and that's the difference. But I thought we did some good things, and I'm proud of how the players came out for the second-half."

England international Rangi Chase has been the subject of transfer speculation of late; having almost completed a move to Hull FC earlier in the week, but Tigers head coach Ian Millward insisted there were no problems with the half-back's motivation. Millward said: "Rangi's job is to play rugby league, and he did that to the best of his ability."

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