Written by John Davidson
Photo by Image courtesy of Bob Brough
Warrington Wolves coach Steve Price has admitted his team was complacent in their 16-14 loss to Hull KR and need to improve.
On Saturday Ryan Shaw’s conversion of Adam Quinlan’s try in the final few minutes, gifted the home side a vital come-from-behind win.
Warrington were well off the pace and made nine errors over the 80 minutes. Their discipline was also poor, as they were on the wrong side of a 12-8 penalty count.
Halfbacks Blake Austin and Declan Patton were below par and their kicking game was haywire.
Price knows his team has to improve after the defeat, the Wire’s fifth of the season.
“It was a disappointing game, we gave away six penalties in the first few minutes and that was a reflection of our discipline throughout the whole game,” he said.
“We were up by four with a couple of minutes to go and we’ve got to be better to close out that game. In the end we were not good enough. We have got to be hard-nosed and create more opportunities.
“There was a little bit of complacency there to be honest. There is a danger of that here and we knew that in the week. That needs to be addressed.
“We gave ourselves a chance to win the game but conceded the late try and we have to be better than that.”
Warrington remain in second spot on the Super League ladder, but are now six points below league leaders St Helens after they beat Huddersfield.
Hull FC are now in third spot and just four points below the Wire, after they defeated Castleford.
The Wolves face Wakefield at home this weekend before a blockbuster game against St Helens on June 28.
Hooker Daryl Clark was rested from the Hull KR game and did not feature at KCOM Craven Park.
Youngster Danny Walker made his first start in the number 9 role, with Matty Davis filling in from the bench.
Warrington missed Clark’s trademark scything runs from the base of the ruck, but the England international is expected to be back to face Trinity this Friday.
Price denied leaving out Clark was an excuse for the loss at KCOM Craven Park.
“I had confidence in Matty Davis and Danny Walker to do the job that needed to be done,” he said.