Warrington coach Steve Price is happy to take all the points he can after his team cemented their top four spot in the Super League with two victories in one day.
The Wolves were awarded a 24-0 win over Salford after their scheduled opponents were unable to raise a team before grinding out a 19-12 victory over Huddersfield in a re-arranged fixture at St Helens’ Totally Wicked Stadium.
“Unbelievable,” said Price. “It is what it is. There’s been plenty of curve balls this year and I’m sure there’s going to be plenty more. We’ll just crack on with it.”
Warrington went into the game with the luxury of a fortnight’s rest but they were made to work hard for a sixth successive win over the Giants and were indebted to hooker Daryl Clark who scored two of their three tries.
Price was forced to re-shuffle his team after winger Josh Charnley sustained a dislocated shoulder after only 17 minutes and forward Jason Clark was also forced off with a head injury before half-time, when the Wolves led 8-6.
“You don’t expect to lose your winger,” Price said. “It’s a shame we picked up a couple of injuries but the guys showed a lot of grit.
“We’ve been crying out to play but it showed we haven’t played for a few weeks. When we got in good field position we couldn’t sustain pressure and errors started to unfold.
“But there were a lot of positives to come out of the game. It shows the character we’ve got in our team, they were up for a fight. Huddersfield were scrapping hard and we had to earn our stripes tonight.
“It was a good gutsy win, to keep Huddersfield to 12 was pleasing.”
Huddersfield scored tries through Jake Wardle and James Gavet to go in front early in the second half but the sin-binning of captain Aiden Sezer eight minutes from time ruined their chance of claiming victory and a fourth successive defeat effectively brings to an end their already slender play-off hopes.
“I don’t believe in luck in sport and I don’t believe in coincidence but we’ve lost so many games this year by such close margins, games we could have won,” said coach Luke Robinson.
“In those clutch moments, the key parts of the game, we don’t seem to be able to hold our nerve.
“I was really proud of our efforts in the first half. I thought we had real ascendancy, we just need to be a little bit smarter.
“People talk about teams being mentally tough and they’ve got to learn and I’ve got to educate them so that we come away with a victory rather than a narrow loss which we keep doing.
“I still think we’ve got a lot of extremely good players in this club and the makings of a good side, unfortunately we’ve fallen short too many times.”
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