Warrington Wolves boss Tony Smith revealed after his side’s 24-24 draw with Huddersfield that the camp was plagued with sickness all week – but refused to make it an excuse for their failure to claim two precious competition points.
The Wolves were leading 24-23 with seconds remaining after fighting back from 23-6 down, but Danny Brough’s late drop-goal ensured both teams shared the spoils on a thoroughly entertaining night in Warrington.
And Smith revealed that although star half-back Stefan Ratchford missed out due to injury, people actually had to be sent home from training due to the illness in camp.
“We had a whole heap of people with flu this week,” Smith told reporters after the game.
“Some had been told to go away from training, not be around the place. Stefan Ratchford was going to be playing and pulled an injury late in the week.
“Simon Grix was under a cloud late in the week.
“These aren’t excuses, these are the things that happen behind the scenes. They are little disruptive things behind the scenes that can sometimes have an affect on your performance.”