Smith delighted with Warrington’s character

Tony Smith backed his team’s character after reaching the Grand Final.

The Wolves came from behind to move within one game of the double after an 18-10 victory over St Helens booked their place at Old Trafford.

Many feared that Warrington could collapse after their Challenge Cup final defeat, however they have won four of their five games following their Wembley heartache.

“We set out at the start of the year to have a crack at the trophies and we give ourselves another chance,” said Smith. “We were not far off at Wembley, we got the League Leaders’ Shield and we’re delighted to be one step closer to the big one.

“Character is a key ingredient in rugby league and my boys have got that in abundance. They fought hard for each other and I was delighted for the younger boys who came in and supported the senior guys. They held their own.”

“I didn’t think there was much between the teams in the first half and the scoreline suggests that.

“The teams really had a crack at each other. It was a real arm-wrestle and it was important for us to regroup and try to get on top. It took us a while but we did.

“I thought Saints were terrific, the way they defended, they made it really tough for us. They’ve probably been the form team but for my guys, I just felt if something went wrong, there was a real determination about them.”

A full report will be in Monday’s League Express.