Flying start pleases Smith

Gareth O'Brien scores one of the five early tries which delighted coach Tony Smith

Gareth O'Brien scores one of the five early tries which delighted coach Tony Smith

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Warrington coach Tony Smith was delighted with his side's start in their 37-18 home victory over the Leeds Rhinos.

The Wolves scored five tries, Trent Waterhouse got the ball rolling before Chris Riley and Gareth O'Brien added two tries a piece, as they raced into a 30-0 lead after 28 minutes, and despite only adding one further try through Ryan Atkins in the second half, they were comfortable winners to cut Wigan's lead at the top of the Super League to a point.

The Rhinos responded with Rob Burrow crossing twice and a Kevin Sinfield try, but Warrington held on and Smith said: "It was pleasing to get a start like we did against what is a very good team and I thought our defence was terrific as well in that first half and in what was a pleasing performance overall."

He added: "We didn't manage the game very well the previous week and in the second half there were probably a few skeletons that we were still trying to get rid of and we became over-anxious.

"I didn't think we carried on as well as we needed to in the second half but there was a little anxiety and we were trying too hard, but it's all about learning and getting better and that's what we are about as a club."

Leeds coach Brian McDermott admits he and his players will face another tough week after their second heavy defeat in seven days.

The Rhinos conceded 50 points against Wigan last week and McDermott said: "What we did in that first 30 minutes was something to watch.

"Warrington looked too big and too strong, faster than us, and that is something we need to get on top of. We had a tough week last week and it will be another tough week this week.

"You can look at the last 50 minutes of that game and take something from it. We showed resilience and a bit of steel to repel them away from our try line, but over the game you wonder if that was a reaction to what we did in the first 30 minutes.

"Next week we will be focusing on that first 30 minutes and not on the 50 minutes where we showed what we have already done this season and know that is there."

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