Warrington Wolves coach happy to put his faith in ‘pretty impressive’ youngster

Drew Darbyshire
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Warrington Wolves coach Daryl Powell has praised promising forward Lucas Green following his impressive introduction into the first team.

The 18-year-old has made three appearances for the Wolves since making his first team debut earlier this season.

Green had his best game to date on Saturday as he came off the bench to help Warrington pick up a 30-26 win against Huddersfield at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.

Speaking after the game, Powell highlighted that he regretted leaving Green as an unused sub for their Magic Weekend defeat to Hull the week previous.

“I gave myself a smack on the chin last week for not putting him on,” Powell said.

“I was saying to the coaching staff, I’ve got to put faith in the young kid if I’m going to put him on the bench.

“He really showed what kind of player he is going to be.

“He was really strong, carried well, got the ball on the floor and punched his nose through so I was really pleased with him today, I thought he was exceptional.

“He’s done really well. He’s playing at a level that he hasn’t played at consistently so you sort of see him get done concentration-wise but who doesn’t? I think he’s done really well, I’m so pleased with him.

“I think he’s shown he can handle it and that’s what you want from a young player, for them to show they can handle the pace and physicality of it, that’s the biggest thing.

“Physically, he looks like he can handle it. He is a pretty impressive young fella as well so he’s done really well.”

Warrington Wolves boss delighted with ‘big win’ in nervous encounter

Powell admitted that it was a nervous game for his side as they just did enough to claim a 30-26 win over Huddersfield.

Powell said: “Ultimately this was a nervous game today and I felt we needed to win and that always adds a little bit of pressure, even if you don’t say it. It was a big win for us.

“In parts we were good and that’s where we are at at the moment if you piece games together.

“I felt we were a little unlucky at times, especially the Ben Currie try that was disallowed because that blows the game out of the water. Then on the back of that we make a couple of errors and were a little loose defensively.

“We are looking better in the areas we are working on but then something else pops up to work on.

“We know we need to be better than that and the boys talked about that in the changing rooms.”

The Wolves are currently sat second in the Super League table, just behind leaders Catalans Dragons on points difference.

Warrington will turn their attention to the Challenge Cup this week with a trip to Wigan in the quarter-finals on Sunday afternoon, 2:30pm kick-off.

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