Leeds Rhinos: Smith and Wolves aiming to complete a hat-trick of wins against Leeds

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COACH TONY SMITH is confident his Warrington Wolves side can make it three wins from three against Leeds Rhinos this season.

Warrington completed a Super League double over Rhinos and are back at Headingley tonight in the opening round of the Super-8s.

“We’ve had some tough encounters with them where we’ve managed to come out on the right side of the ledger,” Smith said. “It’s tough going to Headingley to get the prize, but we’ve done it before and we’re going there feeling as though we can do it again. We’ll go there and hopefully play the way we want to play and make it uncomfortable for Leeds, because they are a dangerous team who will chance their arm and like to throw the ball around and attack from their own area. We’ll have to be on our game not only for the whole 80 minutes, but also all over the park.”

Warrington suffered a shock defeat by Hull KR in a Challenge Cup semi-final at Headingley six days ago, but Smith insisted: “The players have responded really well in training and we’re excited and looking forward to concentrating on the Super-8s and giving it our all for the next seven games.”

Australian import Chris Sandow is set to make his debut tonight after joining Warrington from Parramatta Eels ahead of last month’s transfer deadline.

“He brings great energy to the team,” Smith said. “He is a typical cheeky little half-back, who has slotted in exceptionally well.

“We’re all excited about Chris’ arrival, but we also need to be a little bit patient. I don’t think it will be through lack of trying, but it usually takes a bit of time for a player to settle in.”