Smith proud of Warrington’s desire in Cup victory

Tony Smith praised his side’s effort as they grafted to victory over Widnes.

A late Kurt Gidley penalty saw them advance to the last four of the Challenge Cup as they overcame the Vikings 20-18.

While Smith wasn’t completely satisfied with the performance, he had no qualms about his side’s determination.

“My boys tried their hearts out,” he said. “It wasn’t a classic or a pretty game, it was a grafting game, a war of attrition and the effort from both teams was enormous.

“The game had a bit of everything and kept people on the edge of their seats. We weren’t quite at our best by any means, but I’d put a lot of that down to Widnes. They came here for a game and we knew they would.

“There are areas we need to improve – I thought our kick-chase at the end was pretty average – but it’s good when you’ve got the desire to win when you’re not at your best.”

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