Steve Price pleased with second half dominance from Warrington

Warrington coach Steve Price said he was happy with how his side kicked on to score 10 unanswered tries in the second half against Toronto.

The Wolves progressed to the quarter-finals of the Challenge Cup on Sunday after running in 10 second half tries to beat the Wolfpack 66-10 at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.

Toronto had Andrew Dixon sent off for punching, while Liam Kay (dangerous tackle), Darcy Lussick (dissent) and Josh McCrone (dissent) were all sent to the sin bin.

Price was pleased with the way his side responded to his half time team talk.

He said: “I was really the pleased with the group after half time, with our controlled aggression and discipline.

“It was a great 40-minute display in the second half, but I was disappointed with the first half. I thought we fell into their trap in the first half. There were 24 penalties in the game and they were all warranted.

“I thought Ben (Thaler) controlled the game really well and it was like watching Lord of the Rings that game! It was one of the slowest games I’ve ever been involved in. It felt like it was going on forever.

“Toronto tried to drag the game down and we fell into their level at times. We addressed the issue at half time and we played some really good and entertaining footie in the second half.”

Price picked out back-row duo Sitaleki Akauola and Joe Philbin out for praise.

He added: “I was really impressed with Sitaleki Akauola and Joe Philbin.

“They carried the ball really aggressively and we had the luxury to play on the back of that.”

Warrington will welcome Wigan Warriors to the Halliwell Jones Stadium in the quarter-finals of the Challenge Cup.

And Price is looking forward to the tie that will be played between May 31 and June 3.

He added: “It will be a cracking game.

“Wigan-Warrington are always brutal games and it is back at the Halliwell Jones in two weeks, so I think it will be a great game and hopefully we can get a full house at the Halliwell Jones.”

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