Smith says Rhinos pushed Wolves

Warrington coach Tony Smith insisted his side were made to work for the spoils as they took their points tally in the month of May to a mammoth 354 with tonight’s 42-6 win at Leeds.

The Wolves conceded their first try for four weeks but maintained their purple patch to pull two points clear at the top of Engage Super League with their first win at Headingley for five years.

They scored seven tries to one to put a dampener on their hosts' 50th anniversary celebrations of their inaugural Championship success and complete a notable double over the Rhinos – but Smith felt Leeds brought the best out of his team.

"I thought it was a tough game," he said. "We had to invest a lot of energy in that first half and it made them invest a lot of energy to keep the scoreline where it was.

"I was pretty pleased with a lot of things we did in the first half and I thought Leeds played well, particularly in the first half.

"I've watched most of their games this year and I know they've had some wins lately but I thought they were better in that first half than in a lot of those games in recent times."

Veteran stand-off Lee Briers, who smashed his club's points-scoring record in Warrington's 112-0 Challenge Cup win over Swinton a week ago, again led the way with a brace of tries as the leaders go from strength to strength.
Smith added: "Any coach will find something to challenge any player or team. We're playing well and confidently and with a lot of determination and all the ingredients that you like to have.

"We also realise, like any sporting team, that you can have a dip in form. At the moment our form is great and we're going to keep enjoying it. We'll enjoy it for as long as we can.

"There is a lot of satisfaction in games like tonight where the opposition make you work for it, and they made us work for it."

The only disappointment for Warrington was the loss of winger Joel Monaghan with a knee injury. "He's not great," said Smith. "I think it's a medial ligament problem."