Smith embarrassed after Headingley drubbing

Tony Smith Warrington

Warrington head coach Tony Smith admitted his side were very poor in their 40-0 defeat to Leeds Rhinos on Friday night.

It was an error-strewn performance from the Wolves in a loss that leaves them clinging onto their top eight place, some seven points behind the top four.

Last season’s league leaders have now lost eight of their 15 matches in 2017, the same total of defeats they suffered in 30 Super League and Super 8s games last season.

Speaking on last night’s game, Smith said: “It was not good enough. If you play poor it’s not a great place to come to, and we were poor with the ball.

“I didn’t see that coming. We built up well this week but some of those performances just come out of the blue. We have had a couple of substantial defeats this season and once Leeds got on a roll it was hard to stop.

“It’s a good thing for us that we play on Monday because it’s horrible when you’ve got a long turnaround after playing poorly. We’ve only got a few days to dust ourselves off and we can make amends.”

On a night to forget for the Wire, half-back Kurt Gidley limped from the field in the 50th minute and is a doubt for Monday’s clash against high-flying Salford.

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