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We look at what is being said and team news ahead of Friday's second Super League elimination play-off between Warrington Wolves and Hull Kingston Rovers, live on Sky Sports... How Hull KR hooked in Smith
As he prepares to lead Hull KR into the Super League play-offs at the end of his second full season with the club, head coach Tony Smith has revealed he only intended to be there for three months.
Smith, a Grand Final-winning coach with Leeds Rhinos in 2004 and 2007, was brought in on a short-term deal following the departure of Tim Sheens in the summer of 2019.
Brentford are already demonstrating a canny edge in the Premier League
KIERAN GILL AT MOLINEUX: From first whistle to last, Saturday's game lasted 99 minutes and 28 seconds but the ball was only in play for 50 minutes and 43 seconds. That was no accident. That was Brentford.We shouldn't bash them for that. As Premier League newbies, sometimes they will need to eat up the seconds. Especially in the situation they found themselves in at Molineux Stadium. Leading 2-0 and with Shandon Baptiste shown red in the 64th minute, wasting time was necessary. © Provided by Daily Mail ( © Provided by Daily Mail ( MATCH FACTS AND PLAYER RATINGS Wolves (3-4-3): Sa 5.
However, after saving the east Hull club from relegation on the final day of the season, he signed a three-year contract and the man who also coached Friday's opponents Warrington explained what has kept him at Rovers as they prepare for their first play-off campaign since 2013.
"I only came for three months, to hang out with Danny McGuire and a few others," Smith said. "There were no expectations from me, I was just filling in as a bit of a favour for a few months.
"It hooked me in terms of this club. I love the spirit of this club - I love what it's about. I like to be part of a re-build and I think each place that I've coached at has probably had some of that.
"We just want to keep going, we're enjoying what we're doing- It's fun to come to work.
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Brian Carney joins the panel to look ahead to the Super League play-offs, plus we catch up with Whitehaven's head coach.Sky Sports rugby league presenter and two-time Grand Finalist Brian Carney joins host Marc Bazeley to discuss the race to Old Trafford, which begins on Thursday when Wigan Warriors host Leeds Rhinos.
"I don't think there'll be many people outside of ourselves who will give us a chance this week, that was probably the case at the start of the year. The players were able to prove some of that wrong and it would be nice for that to continue."Wolves boss Price wary of predecessor
Steve Price is urging his Warrington side not to underestimate the threat of a Hull KR team now overseen by one of his predecessors when the Wolves seek to avoid a hat-trick of opening round play-off defeats.
Price's men lost at home to Castleford Tigers in 2019 and suffered a surprise loss to Rovers' cross-city rivals Hull FC in last year's elimination play-off.
They will once more have home advantage thanks to finishing third in the regular-season standings this year and will be clear favourites against the Robins in the sudden-death tie.
Yet Price, who is in his final season as coach at Warrington, is wary of a side coached by the man who steered the Wolves to three Grand Finals during his time at the club.
Wolf hunting ban pits farmers against conservationists in Spain
A 4x4 pulls up on a dirt road in northwest Spain and livestock farmer Ana Vega climbs out, walking over to a ditch where a few days ago a wolf killed a calf. - Unfair competition - Vega remembers a time when locals took matters into their own hands if a wolf killed a sheep. "They would go out and catch it or kill it," she said, her phone full of gruesome images of carcasses and half-eaten animals."I'm not saying we should kill them all, but that we all have to exist together," she added. Extensive farming where animals graze on local resources involves a big investment to protect them against predators.
"They are certainly not underdogs," Price, who is hoping to mastermind a maiden Grand Final victory before departing, said. "Any team who is still alive this time of year, you certainly don't underestimate.
"They have a coach there in Tony, who has been around the game for a very long time and we have a lot of respect for.
"Also, they have a lot of quality players. Their left side is one of the most potent left-side attacks in the competition. We need to be on high alert.
"They have a good team and we need to be at our best."Team news
Hull KR are definitely without hooker Matt Parcell, who sustained a pectoral injury in last week's 36-12 defeat at Leeds which saw him join Adam Quinlan, Ryan Hall, Greg Minikin, Elliot Minchella, Ethan Ryan and Dean Hadley on the sidelines.
Warrington, on the other hand, are virtually at full strength, with the return of hookers Daryl Clark and Danny Walker and centre Toby King following the 40-24 win over Castleford.
Their only absentee is prop Mike Cooper, who misses out through suspension, and that is likely to mean more game time for former Rovers front rower Robbie Mulhern, who has featured in all but three of the club's 24 matches in his first season at the club.
Man of Steel nominees revealed
The five-man shortlist for this year’s Steve Prescott MBE Man of Steel award has been revealed, with profiles here.The shortlist, drawn from the points awarded each round by the Man of Steel panel over the course of the regular season, is an all-English list for the first time since 2014, and Catalans Dragons star and 2012 winner Sam Tomkins is among those up for the prize.
Warrington Wolves: Sitaleki Akauola, Matty Ashton, Blake Austin, Josh Charnley, Daryl Clark, Jason Clark, Ben Currie, Chris Hill, Jack Hughes, Toby King, Tom Lineham, Ellis Longstaff, Jake Mamo, Robbie Mulhern, Joe Philbin, Stefan Ratchford, Josh Thewlis, Danny Walker, Gareth Widdop, George Williams, Connor Wrench.
Hull Kingston Rovers: Ben Crooks, Shaun Kenny-Dowall, Jordan Abdull, Albert Vete, Korbin Sims, Brad Takairangi, Kane Linnett, Jez Litten, George Lawler, George King, Matty Storton, Will Dagger, Mikey Lewis, Joe Keyes, Rowan Milnes, Will Maher, Luis Johnson, Muizz Mustapha, Will Tate, Tom Whur, Jimmy Keinhorst.
Fears over Nuno’s Spurs style grow .
Tottenham’s approach against Arsenal will add to doubts over Nuno Espirito Santo’s style.His team have now conceded three goals in three consecutive London derbies but there has been nothing worse than this. Overrun by an Arsenal side with conspicuously more endeavour and enterprise, Spurs looked so passive at the Emirates Stadium.