Lowe’s state of mind
It may turn out to be a partnership made in heaven, but if initial impressions count for anything I wouldn't count on it.
Warrington have brought in Tony Smith over the head of Jimmy Lowes to try to turn round their awful start to the season. THe idea is that the two will work together, as they have done in the past with England.
BUt that depends, more than anything on Lowes' ability to come to terms with his demotion. That is not an easy thing to do and his body language and vocabulary on Thursday suggested that he has a very long way to go. He looked and sounded mortified.
It all reminded me of Dennis Betts at Wigan, when he was shunted aside to make room for Ian Millward. He looked just about as impressed and, as we found out later, was never comfortable with the arrangement.
I can see why Warrington were tempted by the availability of Tony Smith. HIs reputation took a kicking during the WOrld CUP, where I believe he got one or two things badly wrong.
But his record at club level, sorting out Huddersfield and turning Leeds into regular winners, still looks good.
And don't the fixture planners have a sense of humour? It just had to be WArrington v Leeds this weekend.
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