Steve Price: I’m proud of my players

Warrington coach Steve Price said he was proud of his side’s effort and steel in their narrow defeat at St Helens.

The Wolves fell short to the Saints 14-12 at the Totally Wicked Stadium on Thursday night.

A last-gasp Danny Richardson penalty goal was the only thing to separate the teams, but Price said the Wolves can take a lot of confidence from their defeat.

He said: “I’m proud of the guys, their effort was outstanding.

“We had three or four attempts to win the game at the end with a field goal but we couldn’t finish it off.

“It was a good old game of quality football. There were two teams going hard at it and there wasn’t much between the sides. Our defence was tremendous in the first half, we worked really hard for each other.

“I wasn’t too pleased about their try at the start of the second half, but to stay in the game and give ourselves a chance to win was pleasing for me.”

Price said he was proud of his entire team but singled out recent England call-up Mike Cooper out for praise.

He added: “I was pleased with all 17 players.

“They all contributed but I thought Mike Cooper was outstanding. We can take a lot of confidence out of that but we need to dust ourselves down now because we have got a really important game against Leeds next week.

“The game was hard-nosed and there wasn’t too much separation. I know I have got a quality football team here.

“Credit to St Helens, they are where they are [in the table] because they are a quality football team.”

Price also gave an update on any injury issues from the game ahead of next week’s Challenge Cup semi-final against Leeds Rhinos at the Macron Stadium, Bolton.

He explained: “Ben [Murdoch-Masila] has got around 18 stitches in his knee so he has got a cut there from a stud but he will be fine.

“Everyone else has pulled up quite well so I haven’t got any concerns from the game.”

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