Warrington coach Tony Smith paid tribute to his former club Huddersfield as they went clear at the top of Engage Super League with a clinical 29-10 victory over the Wolves.

Smith’s side went into game at the Galpharm Stadium as leaders but were thoroughly outplayed by the Giants, who made it three wins in a row over their 2009 Challenge Cup conquerors to provide further evidence of their genuine title credentials.

“They were very good, they out-enthused us,” admitted Smith, who was in charge of Huddersfield from 2000-03. “Technically they were a lot better than us in a lot of areas.

“Our completion rate was atrocious, we didn’t build a game until the last five or 10 minutes of the first half.

“When you give the Giants a start like that, it’s hard to claw it back. They are a very good team and deserve to be where they are at the moment.”

The Wolves were without veteran stand-off Lee Briers as they suffered a second defeat in six days but Smith down-played the significance of his absence.

“Not if you saw him last week,” he said. “We’ve got a few players not in their best form. They’ve had a dip in form, some more than others.

“The people on the field were good enough to win and we didn’t do that, down mainly to the opposition.

“We’re in a slump at the moment, our form over the last two weeks has been poor but I’m sure we’ll get it back and soon.”

Warrington, who were kept in touch at half-time by two tries from former Huddersfield captain Brett Hodgson, conceded only one try in the second half but were undone by a lack of discipline.

“They were trying to dig their way out,” admitted Smith. “They’ve got pride and want to do better and I think there was some frustration.”

Huddersfield dominated from the start and established an 18-10 interval lead thanks to tries from Scott Grix, Luke Robinson and Larne Patrick, while Danny Brough kept the scoreboard ticking over in the second half with two penalties and a drop goal before converting Jermaine McGillvary’s last-minute try.

“We’re happy with how we’re ticking over,” said Giants coach Nathan Brown. “To keep Warrington to 10 points is something to be really proud of.

“From an attacking point of view, we didn’t start the second half that well but to get a win like that, the guys should be very happy.”

Brown was particularly happy with tough-tackling Australian forward Luke O’Donnell and home-grown winger McGillvary, who overcame a heavy knock to the head to play a key role in the victory.

“Luke O’Donnell is probably the buy of the year, he’s a terrific player,” said Brown.

“Jerry got KO’d in the first half and could easily have waved the white flag but he not only stayed on the field but got involved in the game.

“You’ve got to be tough to play this game and I’m so proud of him.”

source: Sporting Life