Smith eager to build momentum

Tony Smith has urged Warrington to build some momentum after the team recorded their first victory of the season last weekend.

Wolves’ 25-14 victory over Leeds lifted them off the bottom of the table and raised spirits around the club.

With games against Widnes and Huddersfield over the Easter weekend, the teams closest to Wolves in the table, Smith believes Wolves can start to climb the standings.

“We’re looking forward to it on Thursday – it’s a local derby and a big match for the supporters as well.” said Smith.

“They had a good win against Leigh a couple of weeks ago and showed what they can do, so it’ll be dangerous.

“They always show a bit better against us because it’s a derby match. They play the pitch pretty well – they train on it and they’re accustomed to how it plays.

“It is different – the bounce of the ball is different so they have a bit of an advantage in that respect, but we’re determined at the moment to keep building our form.”

Smith has a few selection issues to contend with ahead of Thursday’s game, but he insists the squad is strong enough to cope.

“We’ve got a few people that we can call on and we may have to,” he added.

“We’ve got a few injuries at the moment – Kevin Brown isn’t available with his last concussion, so he won’t be there.

“Mike Cooper won’t be available and Joe Westerman is a doubt – we’ve got a few under a cloud at the moment, but we’ve also have got some people who are waiting for the opportunity like Benjamin Jullien and some others.”

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