Smith hoping Warrington benefit from the chase

Warrington coach Tony Smith says that being in the unfamiliar position of chasing down a leader at the top of Super League may just be the catalyst to spring his side back to life.

The Wolves have been top of Super League for a lengthy period of time, but after a poor run of recent form, they were finally replaced at the summit on Sunday night when Hull FC won at Magic Weekend to move above Smith’s side on the ladder.

Warrington can go back to the top – albeit potentially temporarily – on Friday if they beat Leeds Rhinos, and Smith says that the opportunity to be chasing down someone else could do his side some good.

“Everybody wants to stay top when they’re there but it might do us some good to be chasing for a little while,” Smith told the Warrington Guardian.

“Sometimes it’s a little reminder that if you don’t do some of the little things well and you don’t respond to adversity in the right way, you can fall from your perch.

“It will probably do us some good but we’re no different to the support, we want our spot back.

“We thought the results were going to fall our way but there’s a long way to go so we need to just knuckle down and concentrate on the games ahead of us rather than worry too much about where we’re sitting in the competition.”