Price not worried by derby defeat

01 January 2018 22:23:27 GMTPlus11

Warrington head coach Steve Price has emphasised the positives following their recent friendly fixture against Widnes Vikings.

The Wolves trailed 26-0, and despite a comeback in the final quarter, were well beaten. But Price is confident about their prospects for his first season in charge at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.

"Now, it's a matter of getting back on the training paddock and building up towards the season. I'm not pleased with certain aspects of the game, but I'm pleased with where we're at ahead of the new season," said Price, whose side face two more opponents before the start of the Super League season in February.

"We've now got a great opportunity to get it right against Rochdale and Salford before the start of the Super League. We can definitely build from that, so it's not all doom and gloom for us at this stage."

Price was also pleased by the performances of several of his younger players in the defeat to Widnes.

"Those young guys have only played a couple of academy games, so it was good exposure for them," added the Australian. "I'm sure they'll take a lot of valuable lessons from the game that will benefit them going forward."

Under previous head coach Tony Smith, Warrington slipped out of the top eight in 2017 and finished the season without a trophy.

They will be aiming for a stronger showing this year, starting with a home match against Leeds Rhinos on Thursday 1st February. Warrington areĀ 2.75 to win the Grand Final this year while Leeds can be backed at 151.00.

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