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Smith hails Riley after defeat

Wakefield kept their play-off hopes alive with a shock 40-26 win at Warrington with Chris Riley bagging a hat-trick of tries against his parent club.

Riley, who has been on loan at Wakefield since the start of the season, crossed twice in the first half and completed his treble after the break.

Richie Mathers also crossed over for one of the Wildcats' seven tries against his former club, who have now lost back-to-back matches after the derby defeat at Widnes, while Jarrod Sammut booted six goals on his return and forged a top partnership with Tim Smith.

Warrington refused to allow Riley to play in the first clash between the clubs at Belle Vue in May which the Wolves won 36-4, but Wolves boss Tony Smith said: "Chris has been on loan at Wakefield all year and it would have been silly and unfair for him not to play.

"He's not scored that many for a long time but took his chances and was in a rich vein of form. He can have his spoils today.

"It would have been unfair if a we had pinched it."

Smith, who will be without Matty Russell at Catalan on Friday after the Scot suffered concussion, added: "They were more enthusiastic than us and executed their game plan better.

"We made an incredible start (Rhys Evans scoring after 30 seconds) but sometimes that can put you under the wrong sort of mindset and we got caught up in that.

"We looked lazy in some areas and off the pace. There is a bit of work today with our defence.

"Matty was outstanding and a real spark in our team but can't remember much about the game."

Wakefield boss James Webster said: "Chris thought he may not be able to play and did not train much during the week and what a coach Tony is that he didn't stop him playing.

"Chris is still a Warrington player but if he wants to come and they allow it I'd take him permanently.

"It was a great win especially after last week. It's always tough at Warrington especially with all the ball they had.

"I'm extremely pleased because scoring points has been a bit of a problem.

"At times we were getting pulled apart but we held out well."