NATHAN BROWN believes former Giants coach Tony Smith is the right man to change Warrington Wolves’ stuttering Super League fortunes.
Huddersfield coach Brown takes his third-placed side to Warrington on Sunday (3.00) looking to return to winning ways after last weekend’s 34-6 home defeat by Leeds Rhinos.
Victory for the Giants this weekend would be an eighth from 11 top-flight games in 2009 and make it a remarkable 11 away wins in a row, stretching back to July last year.
But even though the Wolves are fourth bottom of the Super League ladder with just three wins to their name, Brown believes they will pose a major threat now that former St George teammate Smith is at the Halliwell Jones Stadium helm.
"I think it’s about six weeks since Tony took over at Warrington, and there’s no doubt he’s the right man for the job," said Brown, who signed for top Australian NRL club St George when Smith was one of the club’s senior players.
"They’ve not made the best of starts, which was why Tony was brought in, but they’ve got plenty of very talented players and have the ability to test you to the full.
"Tony is bound to change certain structures within the club and that will take some time.
"But the fact they scored 58 points to win at Bradford Bulls last Friday shows they’re starting to get things right, and we’ve got to be mindful of that.
"Having said all that, my main concern is how we respond to last week’s disappointing defeat to Leeds. That’s the real key on Sunday."