A MIDWEEK coaching session from Tony Smith could provide Underbank with just the spark they require to finish their Co-operative Conference National season on a high.
That’s the hope of Rangers coach Richard Knight after Warrington Wolves chief Smith took charge of the squad for a one-off session on Wednesday night.
Although unbeaten leaders Bank have won all 13 League games so far and are confident of winning at Warrington Wizards for the first time tomorrow (3.30), Knight feels their form over the past month has dipped.
And he is hoping that letting former Giants, Leeds and England boss Smith hold a coaching masterclass will inject new life into Rangers’ challenge.
“The session the other night was great,” said Knight.
“Obviously, the boys were buzzing being coached by someone of the stature of Tony, and they were all acting like 16-year-olds around him.
“They were hanging on his every word, and I have to admit I learned a tremendous amount from listening to him as well.
“The session has clearly given the boys an extra spring in their step, and I’m now hoping that can transfer itself onto the field straight away.
“Although we’ve kept on winning, the way we’ve been playing hasn’t been great.
“So, hopefully, Tony’s input will prove vital and we can now get back to our best at just the right stage of the season. The start of the play-offs aren’t that far away now.
“I can’t thank Tony enough for agreeing to help us.”
Underbank head to Warrington with a side showing few changes to the one which beat Bramley 42-26 last weekend.
There is one forced switch, however, with winger Richard Aka ruled out for the rest of the season with a broken leg suffered during the win over the Buffaloes.