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Warrington coach expects tough match against Wigan

Smith is looking forward to an 'intense' match (©GettyImages)
Smith is looking forward to an 'intense' match (©GettyImages).

Warrington head coach Tony Smith has admitted that he's expecting another tough clash against Super League leaders Wigan.

Both Warrington Wolves and Wigan Warriors have been battling for trophies recently with the Wolves earning three Challenge Cups in four years and the Warriors finishing top of the league last year.

They face each other on Monday night after the reverse fixture finished 17-17 at the DW Stadium in February.

Smith knows that the battle will be intense but is relishing the rivalry between the two teams.

"Going on past experiences they have been some of the most intense games, not just for us but the season," he told BBC Radio Merseyside.

"For the last two or three seasons we've probably been the most consistent performing teams throughout the regular season.

"When we come together there is a good rivalry there, a good intensity about each of the matches."

Both sides enter Monday night's clash in terrific form. Warrington has won eight of their last nine matches in the Super League, whilst Wigan has won 13 consecutive matches in all competitions.

Warrington have received a boost ahead of the game with the news that Wigan forward Sean O'Loughlin has been ruled out. However, Smith is disappointed that his side won't be facing O'Loughlin on Monday and has hailed the 30-year old.

"I think he [O'Loughlin] has been the absolute standout. He and Sam [Tomkins] have probably been the best two players in Super League this year," said the 46-year-old.

"I haven't heard him mentioned about Man of Steel much but for me he's been an absolute wonder for them.

"I'd love him to be there on Monday night as he adds to the test of the intense game it is going to be. I'm sure they will be fine without him but he's been in terrific form for them.

"I know Sam grabs the eye but some of that platform has been set by Sean and I don't think he's been recognised by enough people this year in what he's done."


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