Smith hopes Warrington heroics inspire Wigan


Tony Smith hopes Warrington Wolves' thrilling victory over Brisbane Broncos can boost Wigan Warriors' hopes of winning the World Club Challenge.

Smith's men produced a superb display at the Halliwell Jones Stadium on Saturday, with debutant Kevin Brown and prop Mike Cooper particularly impressive, to beat Brisbane 27-18 and record the first win for a Super League club over NRL opposition since 2012.

Warrington's success offered a welcome lift for their domestic competition, after Australian clubs dominated last year's World Club Series to a troubling extent, and is likely to raise hopes in England that Wigan can get the better of NRL premiers Cronulla Sharks in Sunday's main event.

"I think it's important for the code in this part of the world, for Super League, for England," said Wolves head coach Smith of his team's win.

"Hopefully we've set up a good time for Wigan as well. Hopefully Wigan can see that the Australian teams are beatable and they go out and perform. We wish them well and it was important for us to lay some of the platform for them.

"I thought it was a great occasion for our support. There'll be young people in that stand that will talk about that game for the next 20, 30, 40 years. I have people come up and remind me of when they were there watching the Australians play against their club team, so it's a very special occasion.

"I thought the boys deserved it, they worked very hard for each other."

While the start of the NRL season is still 12 days away, Warrington came into the fixture having already begun their Super League campaign and the hosts' extra sharpness was evident as they surged into a 20-point lead inside 19 minutes.

"Hopefully it's kick-started us to get going now," Smith added. "We've been a little bit off and it's hard to get in full flow straight away. I'd also say the Broncos aren't in full flow yet - they're a dangerous team and you saw some of their speed out there, they're going to cause teams some problems.

"We need to carry on with this now. It's shown us how we can play when we put our minds to it.

"We're also very grateful to Brisbane for coming over. Some teams haven't wanted to come over, [but] we're really keen to promote rugby league, so are they and we're grateful for that. We'd love to go there [Australia] and do it the other way around as well."