Smith expects a classic against Wigan

Tony Smith says league positions go out of the window whenever Warrington and Wigan do battle.

Both sides have struggled to reach their usual high standards this season, with the Warriors currently seventh in the table and Wire two places behind in ninth.

However, Smith insists Thursday’s meeting between the two teams will match the intensity of their previous encounters.

“Nothing much has changed regardless of where we sit in the table or points,” said Smith.

“There’s a great rivalry between the two clubs and a healthy respect for each other as well. We’ve had some epic games against them so far this year and I expect this one to be a pick as well.

“We’ve got a number of players available to us now, so there’s a lot of good reasons for us to perform well.

“We want to build on last week and get a bit of confidence going again.

“Regardless of who you’re playing you want to be playing well at this stage of the year and that’s important for us.”

Thursday’s game will see Ben Pomeroy make his second start for the Wolves after an impressive debut against Leigh last weekend.

The 33-year-old has signed a deal until the end of the season and Smith was happy with his contribution to Wire’s 50-10 victory over the Centurions.

“He’s looking for an opportunity and we’re happy to give him an opportunity here,” added Smith.

“After one game he’s done a good job, but we’ll assess things and so will he, but he’s certainly putting himself in the shop window.

“He gives us some more depth and more options in the position he plays, because we’ve had some issues with our centres this year in terms of availability.

“Having a couple of different options is a real treat for us.”

Pomeroy, who played over 150 games for the NRL’s Cronulla Sharks before joining Catalan in 2014, is keen to secure another year in the Super League and says he’s enjoyed his time with Warrington so far.

“In terms of facilities and the way the club’s run it’s probably the best club I’ve experienced in my time,” he said.

“I’m blown away with how it’s run. I’m just going to do my best for the rest of the year and see if anything comes of it for next year.

“I don’t feel I’m ready to retire just yet. I’ll definitely put my hand up for anywhere next year. I’ll see if anyone needs me.

“For the moment my focus is on providing a bit of experience, give a few tips here and there and just bring an old head into the mix.

“Hopefully we can get a bit of a roll on after Leigh, keep this buzz going and continue the winning form.”

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