No room for sentiment for Smith

Tony SmithWarrington (Challenge Cup Outright – 2/1) head coach Tony Smith is preparing his side for their biggest match of the season so far when they face Leeds in the Tetley’s Challenge Cup semi-final on Saturday.

Smith admits that Leeds are full of quality as he prepares his Wolves side to face his former club at Langtree Park.

The 47-year-old Australian was in charge of the Rhinos for three years and coached ten of the current Leeds team during his spell at the club.

“I have a lot of respect and friendship for these players, but sport is not about sentiment, and they would not want my sentiment,” said Smith.

“Everybody’s excited; we are trying to build it up in the right sort of manner. It is a big thing but we’ve also got to concentrate on doing our job well. We are up against a very good opponent, trying to work out the best way to play them and make sure we are prepared for what they are about to throw at us.”

Saturday will be Warrington’s third meeting with the Rhinos this year, with both teams having won their home Super League fixture.

Warrington’s 24-6 victory two months ago was Leeds’ heaviest defeat this season, and the Rhinos will go into Saturday on the back of a shock 20-12 home loss to already-relegated Bradford Bulls.

Leeds (8/11 – Match prices) will have captain Kevin Sinfield back following the two-match ban he picked up against Castleford Tigers last month, the England skipper had never been sent-off before and he is free to face the Wolves (11/10 – Match prices) on Saturday.

 

 

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