Smith refusing to tinker with Warrington team pre-Wembley

Warrington Wolves coach Tony Smith has insisted he will not be “messing around” with his team in their final game ahead of next weekend’s Challenge Cup final against Hull FC.

The Wolves take on Castleford on Saturday afternoon looking to head into the final off the back of a win like the Black and Whites, who hammered Catalans on Thursday night.

And although Hull rested a number of players for their final game before the Wembley showdown, Smith told the Warrington Guardian there will be nothing of the sort from his side on Saturday afternoon.

“We’re not messing around with our team. The players are really keen to play and they really want it at the moment,” he said.

“After the cup we can look at what’s best going forward for what we want to achieve but, at this moment in time, it’s all about keeping the momentum going, feeling good about our performances and trying to build on it each week.

“Because of where we’re sitting in the table, while it’s not the be-all and end-all we are still in with a chance of the League Leader’s Shield and we want to stay in that hunt. If we don’t put in a good performance against Castleford, that makes it very tough.

“We’re all keen to get out there, perform well and go to Wembley with a bit of confidence.”