Smith warns of “home advantage” with Catalans crowd

Warrington Wolves coach Tony Smith believes the “whistling crowd” at Catalans makes it a tougher place to go than any other Super League ground.

The Wolves flew to Perpignan this morning ahead of their game at the Stade Gilbert Brutus tomorrow, a ground where the Dragons have a proud home record.

And when asked why he thinks it’s so tough to play there, Smith points to the impact the crowd can have on proceedings there – and says his Wolves have got to be “squeaky clean” to prevail as victors.

“This time we’ve got to play the whistling crowd. Often you get a whistle from the crowd and then you get a whistle from the referee.

“That’s the home advantage that they have. It means you’ve got to be squeaky clean on all your passes, you’ve got to be onside and you’re not going to hold the opposition down for very long because the whistles keep coming.

“We’ve got to be good enough to overcome all those things.”