RugbyL: Smith praises attacking Wolves

Australian Tony Smith believes his Warrington Wolves players showed their full array of attacking potential as they racked up 50 points to ruin James Lowes' return to Bradford Bulls as head coach.

The former Bulls hooker replaced sacked Francis Cummins, but it proved a difficult first day at the office as Wolves ran in nine tries for a 50-24 Super League win.

Joel Monaghan and Gareth O'Brien both crossed twice as Wolves moved up to fifth.

Smith said: "Overall I thought some of attacking play was top drawer. These boys are very skilful and they're encouraged to take some chances and play some rugby league and when they do they show what they can do.

"It was really entertaining stuff. Some aspects of our defence were a little bit disjointed at times but show that Bradford were trying right until the end as well."

Elsewhere, Liam Sutcliffe's late penalty denied Catalan Dragons their first win at Leeds, who grabbed a narrow 32-31 win.

Morgan Escare's drop goal looked to have won it for the Dragons, who saw former Newcastle Knights man Zeb Taia cross twice, but Sutcliffe held his nerve.

Wakefield Wildcats head coach James Webster insisted a point would be gratefully received despite seeing victory slip through his fingers.

Joe Westerman converted Kirk Yeaman's score for a 20-20 tie although the Australian preferred to look at the positives.

"We got a point against a really good team. For us to guts it out the way we did, I'm proud of my team," Webster said.

"We were winning with a minute-and-a-half to go, so it is deflating. But the point is massive for our club.

"Six weeks ago, the way were travelling we would have probably been over the moon to get a point, but our mindset has changed."

On Saturday, Australian-born New Zealander Jake Webster went over late on to give Castleford Tigers a 14-10 win against Salford Red Devils.

The other encounter saw London Broncos again fail to win as Widnes Vikings left town with a 42-24 win.

And Broncos' coach Joe Grima believes a first win is a long way off if they don't improve.

"I know I sound like a broken record but my message to the players was to play for 80 minutes and again we were unable to do that," he said.

"Combined with 12 or 13 errors, we're a long way off our first win after that performance."

St Helens cemented top spot on Friday night after a 16-12 victory over Wigan Warriors.

Two tries for Tommy Makinson as well as one for Paul Wellens were cancelled out by efforts from Joe Burgess and Josh Charnley (2), but Mark Percival kicked two goals for a Saints win.

On Thursday, Craig Sandercock was left to rue a lack of composure as his lost 26-22 to Huddersfield Giants.

He said: "It was a close game, well I thought so anyway. We made too many errors on our behalf when we were attacking the Huddersfield line."