Rugby League - Smith hails 'best' Wolves display

Warrington coach Tony Smith hailed the six-try win over his former club Huddersfield as the Wolves' best display of season.

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Tony Smith was delighted with Warrington's display against Huddersfield

Trent Waterhouse scored twice as Warrington kept up their impressive record with a third straight Super League win after they beat the in-form Giants at the John Smith's Stadium. Mick Higham, Stephan Ratchford, Ryan Atkins and Brett Hodgson also scored for the visitors.

Smith was impressed with the way his side dispatched Huddersfield, who looked off-colour as they lost ground on leaders Wigan, and he said: "It was a very good performance, our best of the season."

Smith added: "Huddersfield asked us a lot questions and I thought we answered them pretty well. We were especially good in defence. We've had a few lesser scores against us, but I thought our commitment to defending the line was outstanding.

"Danny Brough kicked a 40-20 early on and then two plays down the line they scored. But after that I don't think we were breached too many more times."

Smith singled out evergreen Hodgson, 35, as a key performer. The former Huddersfield player's five goals took him past the 1,000-point mark in Super League.

He said: "It's a great achievement. Brett seems to keep turning the clock back and looks faster and even fitter than he did in his younger days."

It was, however, a day to forget for Giants coach Paul Anderson. A string of blunders gifted Warrington many of their points, while Brough was later sin-binned for dissent.

Anderson said: "We failed to come up with the answers, and that's a rarity, though we can't dwell on it too much as we have a game on Saturday."

However, he admitted one highlight was the try-scoring debut of teenage hooker Kruise Leeming, saying: "Our plan was never to push him that far, but he's made a dream start. If there's one positive we can take from this game it's that Kruise is off his 'nudey'. The scoreline was a fair reflection of the game."

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