Castleford were better than us, says Steve Price

Drew Darbyshire

Warrington coach Steve Price admitted that Castleford deserved the win, but revealed that there were plenty of positives to take away.

The Wolves fell short to a 34-30 defeat to the Tigers at the Halliwell Jones Stadium on Friday night.

Warrington scored six tries, but it wasn’t enough to get the win and go level on points with second-placed Wigan.

Price admitted that Castleford deserved to win but he took plenty of positives from his side’s display.

He said: “Credit to Castleford, they played really well, they had a number of players out and everything they did was far superior to what we were doing.

“We got back into and scored 20 points within 12 minutes, so that was pleasing but I was a little bit disappointed with our start to the second half and our application to detail and some of our decisions with the ball.

“Parts of the first half weren’t great and our energy levels weren’t there. Our lack of execution with the ball at times was poor and it wasn’t fluent enough. We gave ourselves a chance to win the game at the back end but Castleford were better than us.

“We scored a number of really good tries and it showed that we can score tries when we need to pull the trigger. There were patches in the game when we had an opportunity to win but we just weren’t good enough.”

Wolves half-back Kevin Brown left the field and didn’t return in the first half after picking up a groin injury.

Substitute Declan Patton filled the void and Price was pleased with how he got on.

Price added: “I thought Declan was solid.

“It was a bit unfortunate because Kev sustained an injury early on in the game, but Declan has been training in the halves so him going there wasn’t an issue for us.

“Bryson Goodwin had a good crack and Jack Hughes had another big game. He does a lot of the dirty work for us.”

Price revealed that he doesn’t know the extent of Brown’s injury just yet and the former England star will be assessed further on Monday.

Next up for the Wolves is a trip to the Mobile Rocket Stadium as they face Wakefield Trinity next Sunday, 3pm kick-off.

Castleford coach Daryl Powell said their win over Warrington is up there with the best of his coaching career.