Warrington coach Steve Price felt Australian debutant Greg Inglis brought a “calmness” to his side as he made a try-scoring start in Saturday’s 50-26 Betfred Super League victory over Hull KR at the Halliwell Jones stadium.
The 34-year-old reversed his retirement decision from 2019 to sign a one-year deal with the Wolves and, after sitting out all five league and cup games so far this season, ended his two-year absence from the game when starting at left centre.
The Kangaroo and State of Origin star marked his return to the game when, following a low-key opening 40 minutes, he claimed a second half try, powering and twisting out of three attempted tacklers to touch down.
Then Inglis showed his adaptability for the Wolves by switching to full-back for the final 25 minutes after an ankle injury forced Matty Ashton from the field.
“It’s like riding a bike, so we wanted to make it an easy transition for Greg and for his first hit out I thought he did a really good job for us,” Price said.
“He did the basics well and then unfortunately Matty Ashton went down with his ankle and he switched to full-back and created a high level of calmness among the group which was really pleasing.”
Hull KR had threatened to be the ultimate party poopers, having been level at 22-22 midway through the second half before five tries in the final 20 minutes saw Warrington pull away to victory.
Price added: “It was good to get 50 points. We haven’t done that for quite a while so that was really pleasing.
“I liked our intent and directness in the second half so overall it was a pleasing result.
“Credit to Hull KR – they have a good attacking left edge and they will cause plenty of teams problems. Once we got our right edge sorted we were a lot more potent.”