Warrington Cup win over Wigan best performance to date, says Steve Price

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Warrington coach Steve Price said his side put in their best performance of the season in their Cup win over Wigan.

The Wolves put in a professional display to keep the Warriors scoreless and progress to the semi-finals of the Challenge Cup with a 23-0 victory at the Halliwell Jones Stadium on Saturday.

Warrington claimed revenge after suffering a 38-10 defeat to Wigan at Magic Weekend two weeks ago.

And Price is delighted to have reached the semi-final stage.

He said: “That was our best performance to date.

“We put them under a lot of pressure with our offence in the first 40 minutes and we played with a fair amount of whip and we stretched their defensive line.

“We pride ourselves on being defensively sound and working hard for each other and the guys typified our DNA. I don’t think Wigan looked like scoring, I know (John) Bateman went through once but other than that, we were outstanding throughout the whole game.

“I thought we lacked a bit of execution at polish in the middle parts of the second half, but I am a hard man to please! I thought the energy and intensity from start to finish was first class.

“We have fantastic support at the Halliwell Jones Stadium and in Warrington, the atmosphere was quality and there were two hard teams going hard at it and I thought it was a quality game of football. We came away with a 23-0 win against a quality football team in Wigan and it was a very pleasing result.”

Warrington’s marquee signing Tyrone Roberts put in a man of the match performance, having linked up well with half-back partner Kevin Brown.

Price was full of praise for Roberts and Wolves skipper Chris Hill after the game.

He added: “I was saying to the lads in the sheds that this is the standard of Tyrone now and that was his best game by a long shot.

“There is a still a lot more to come from Tyrone but them sort of performances are why I signed him, so it was pleasing to see and there were a lot of other good performances as well.

“I thought Chris Hill was quality, too. I’m not sure how many minutes he played, but it would be around the 60-minute mark, so overall it was a really good result from the club.”

Next up for Warrington is a home game against Castleford Tigers on Friday, 7:45pm kick-off.