Wolves had too much to do, says Smith

Warrington Wolves boss Tony Smith admits his team left themselves with too much work to do after the first-half of their defeat against Leeds Rhinos – saying they “didn’t put their best foot forward”.

The Wolves were blown away by a blistering first 40 minutes from the Rhinos, who led 14-0 at the break thanks to a superb first-half performance. And Smith said after the game that if his team could have played how they did in the second period all game, they could have given themselves a chance.

“We left ourselves with way too much to do,” Smith said. “We didn’t control the first-half at all; we had to do too much defending in the early passages.

“We tried to front up but it takes a lot of petrol out of your tank, and we just didn’t deserve it overall. Had we played in the first period like we did in the second, we could have troubled them.

“However, you can’t give 14 points away to a side like Leeds, because you’re going to be in trouble. We gave it a shot though, and I don’t think it was a bad advert for our sport – especially with the way we played in the second period. It’s just a shame we didn’t put our best foot forward in the first-half.”

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