Easter period is “madness”, says Warrington coach Tony Smith

Warrington Wolves coach Tony Smith has described the traditionally busy Easter period as “madness” – but says his team will embrace it the best they can.

Following last weekend’s win against Castleford, the Wolves’ two Easter ties coupled with a trip to Wigan next Friday makes it four games in two weeks for the Wolves – who face table-topping Widnes on Good Friday.

And Smith says that preparations go out of the window for Easter with the run of two games in four days – but he admits they’ll try make the best of it at Warrington in 2016.

“It’s madness,” he told TotalRL. “It’s still madness and it’s so hard on players. Easter turns things on its head in terms of being able to prepare for two games.

“It’s crazy, but it is what it is – we’ll try and embrace it this year with all our might.”

Smith also believes that it’s not necessarily the gruelling two games in four days where the biggest hit is felt in terms of Easter, too.

“We’ll try and make it as successful as we can but it’s well-documented how physically tough it is for teams. It’s not just those two games, it’s the two or three weeks afterwards too which can catch you and make you pay the price.

“As science has told us, fatigue is the greatest is the greatest cause of injury – not even the pundits can argue that one. One day we’ll get some sense in there with it.”