Steve Price hopes England are taking notice of in-form Gareth Widdop

Warrington coach Steve Price believes Gareth Widdop is the form half-back in the Betfred Super League after his hat-trick of tries helped the Wolves beat Castleford.

The 32-year-old scrum-half bagged a hat-trick to inspire the Wolves to a 38-14 victory over Castleford at the Halliwell Jones Stadium on Saturday.

Widdop gave a nudge to England coach Shaun Wane that he is returning back to his best form after being omitted from the current squad preparing for this autumn’s World Cup.

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Price said: “Gareth has been competing and been class all season and I thought he was the best player on the park.

“He’s in a really good place and his chemistry with Blake Austin and Stef Ratchford was really pleasing.

“I feel he has been the form half-back in the competition so hopefully Shaun Wane will be taking notice.”

Widdop benefitted from the excellent work from full-back Stefan Ratchford, who had a hand in four of Warrington’s seven tries and also kicked five goals for good measure.

Josh Charnley claimed a landmark try as his first-half effort saw him move joint fifth in the all-time Super League try-scoring list, alongside Ryan Atkins on 186, while Toby King touched down twice and Daryl Clarke also crossed for the Wolves.

Price added: “I thought it was a great response to last week with a short turnaround and we started to find a bit rhythm and came up with a really pleasing result.

“The spine of Gareth, Blake and Stefan deserve a big rap because the chemistry and rhythm they delivered in the performance was solid.

“We held our nerve at the start of the second half and when we got some field position we scored a couple of quick tries which showed the attacking prowess we have. We just needed to be more ruthless at times.”


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