IT MAY be a battle between teams at opposite ends of the Super League table, but Warrington Wolves coach Tony Smith is expecting tough opposition from Leeds Rhinos tonight.
Smith, who coached Rhinos to Super League titles in 2004 and 2007, reckons Leeds are a better team than their position – two points adrift at the foot of the ladder – suggests.
“They are dangerous,” the Wolves boss said of his former club, who are in danger of setting a new record for their worst run since summer rugby began in 1996.
“They have got quality players and they are always a threat. We are very aware of all those things and we will treat them with a huge amount of respect.”
Smith insisted: “We understand there are fine lines between winning some games and losing some games. Those fine lines have gone against Leeds at times, as they have against us at times.
“Sometimes it is a bit false where teams are sitting on the table, in terms of what threats they pose.”
Warrington are on a two-match losing run, but will return to top spot if they hand Leeds a sixth straight defeat.
After letting a 14-0 lead slip against Castleford Tigers last week, Smith is looking for his men to show their true colours.
“We have been good in patches and also below our expectations in patches,” Smith said of Wolves’ recent form.
“We are looking to get back to a more rounded performance.
“We have got a lot to work on and a lot things we need to rectify.”