WARRINGTON Wolves head coach Tony Smith heaped praise on Wakefield Wildcats for giving his Warrington Wolves side an extremely tough test at the Halliwell Jones Stadium on Sunday.
Richard Agar’s men left Cheshire feeling hard done by with nothing to show for their battling efforts as Wolves edged the Super League contest 32-30.
Wakefield had led for an hour of the contest and refused to throw in the towel even after the hosts had seemingly taken control of the game in the second half.
And Smith had plenty of superlatives for those in red, white and blue.
“I thought Wakefield were terrific,” he said.
“I thought they out-enthused us on the whole and could probably feel a little bit aggrieved for the efforts that they put in. I think we deserved to win points-wise in the end, however I think if they’re to be given points on enthusiasm alone they would have got it today.
“I really applaud what they’re doing there. They’ve had a big turnaround of players and coaches and they’ve got some real spirit in them. They’re going to take some beating, and they have done for each of the teams that have played them this year. So well done to Richard and his crew there, I really applaud them.”
Smith was critical of his side making too many errors and admits that needs to change sooner rather than later.
He said: “It was way too hard. We’re making it tough on ourselves at the moment.
“We’re coming up with a formula of making a lot of mistakes early in matches and in turning the ball over in bad areas. It’s not really forced stuff either, it’s just some unforced stuff. But we’ve been doing it for a few weeks now, we need to change it, we know we need to change it it’s just a matter of doing it now.”
Former Wakefield man Ben Westwood was one of the star performers for the hosts and Smith said it was one of the best games he’s seen the second row play.
“Wow, that’s one of the best games I’ve seen him play, incredible, he was a machine,” Smith enthused.
“I felt bad for crooking him at half-time for giving away that penalty when he was offside. I felt bad because he was trying so hard, he was trying everything to lift us. I thought Simon Grix wasn’t far behind him, I thought he was very good today. We had some individuals who were okay after that but I thought he was out of this world Ben.
“He amazes me, I haven’t got any superlatives to come up with, I’ve already bagged him. Ben was sensational. Super Benny Westwood - I was singing along with it. He just keeps going and going, he was carrying us for a while.”
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