Tony Smith says Warrington cannot take anything for granted ahead of Saturday’s Challenge Cup semi-final with Hull KR (Match Betting – Warrington 3/10, Draw 22/1, Hull KR 5/2).
The Wolves are the firm favourites going into the match and have an excellent record in the competition, having reached Wembley four times in the last seven years.
Four wins in their last five outings also means they are in excellent form and will surely be relishing the clash at Headingley.
However, despite failing to make the top eight in Super League, KR (8/1 Challenge Cup outright) have already caused a couple of upsets in the Challenge Cup this season in defeating Wigan and the Catalans.
In scrum-half Albert Kelly they also have one of the most influential players in the country and the Australian was key as his side scored 30 unanswered second half points to beat the Wire 36-10 back in June.
With a place at Wembley on the line, anything could happen on the day and Warrington (9/4 Challenge Cup outright) boss Smith admits his side will need to be at their best, especially after their recent defeat.
“We’ve been in good form for the last month or so and hopefully we can maintain that,” the boss said. “They’ve suffered with some injuries and they’ve been a bit up and down in recent times but they put the cleaners through us a few weeks ago and I think it was a bit of a catalyst for our improvement.
“They were very comprehensive on the day. They outplayed us well and truly and we felt embarrassed.
“I’m sure, with the meaning of this game, they’ll be doing everything in their powers to get rid of that scratchiness. We’re expecting them to be very good this week.”