Proud Warrington still targeting fifth-placed finish

Warrington coach Tony Smith has insisted that his team will be going all-out to finish as high up the Super League table as possible, even though their chances of silverware are long gone.

Wire find themselves in a battle for fifth spot with Castleford, and Smith maintains that his team will be doing their utmost to put the Tigers under pressure.

“We haven’t given up on that fifth spot,” he said.

“Whilst it doesn’t get us to the finals, we want to finish as high up the table as we can, and that’s still up for grabs.

“It’s not entirely in our hands, it’s up to Cas as well.

“We’d have to win both our own games, and I think we’ve got a better for-and-against than them.

“They’d have to get beaten in both those games, and stranger things have happened.

“If we can finish fifth, then that’s what we’re striving for.

“But regardless of whether we can finish fifth or sixth, we’ll be out there trying, with pride, this week.

“We’re not happy about where we’ve finished the season, but it’s still about getting out there and providing good entertainment for our spectators.

“That usually means a good performance. When we perform well, we give ourselves a chance to win matches, and that’s what we’re trying to do.”

Catalans Dragons are the visitors to the Halliwell Jones Stadium on Sunday. Smith believes that the French team’s away record masks their true quality.

“They’ve had a few narrow defeats on the road this year,” he said.

“It hasn’t been that they’ve been a walkover at any point, by any team.

“They’re a tough team to play, and they can score points. We’ll need to be good this week.

“They’ll be keen to get another away win and finish their season on a high.

“But we’re very keen to finish our last home game on a high too, and repay our fans for their loyal support this year, and hopefully send them home with smiles on their faces.”

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