Patton after starting spot

Warrington halfback Declan Patton hopes his performance against Brisbane helps to give coach Tony Smith a selection headache for the rest of the season.

Patton scored 11 points in Warrington’s historic World Club Series win over the Broncos. With Kevin Brown coming into the side, Kurt Gidley shifted to fullback with Patton partnering Brown in the halves.

With Stefan Ratchford due back from injury in the next few weeks, Smith will have a tough decision on who to leave out in the halfback roles.

“It’s not a bad thing, it’s good for the team because if somebody’s not pulling their slack than there’s someone else to do it,” Patton said.

“Tony might have a bit of a headache, I don’t know. I can just play well every week and hopefully get my shot.”

Patton said he loved playing against one of the NRL’s best teams.

“I loved it,” he said.

“It’s the thing everyone wants to do and I loved the experience. To come out with a win is even better. It was a really big game for us.

“We expected to win last weekend. Coming off a loss and beating them over here, which hasn’t been done in a couple of years as people are saying, it’s really, really good.”

The scrum-half hopes the victory against Brisbane breathes some life into the World Club Series.

“It’s a good thing for us to take,” he said.

“We’ve had a few people say we’ve not got this, we’ve not got that, but to win a game and do that against one of the top NRL teams is brilliant.

“I think its good to try and promote the game around the world. Over the past few years with English teams getting riled people have putting it off.

“Some hopefully this might be a bit of a change and show we can give them a good go.”

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