Smith refusing to rule out Wolves’ top-four hopes

Warrington Wolves coach Tony Smith refused to draw a line under his side’s chances of making the semi-finals in Super League this season, despite a second straight defeat in the Super 8s.

The Wolves lost 17-16 at Castleford thanks to a Liam Finn drop-goal – a result which moves the Tigers six points clear of the Wolves with just ten left to play for.

But on his side’s top-four prospects, Smith said: “I haven’t done the maths, I’m not into whether it’s possible or not. Regardless, when you play rugby league you play to win. That’s what we’ll be doing again next Friday against Wigan.

“Nothing changes in terms of eagerness to perform well and win games.”

Smith also added he thought a draw was the fair result.

“I don’t think we deserved to win,” Smith said. “A draw would probably have been a fair reflection.

“But enthusiasm is a huge thing and they out-enthused us.”