Price sweating over trio

12 January 2018 00:54:07 GMTPlus11

Warrington Wolves boss Steve Price is sweating over the fitness of Sita Akauola, Tyrone Roberts and Dom Crosby ahead of their Super League opener against reigning champions Leeds Rhinos on 1st February.

The Wire had a 2017 Super League campaign to forget as they missed out on a top-eight finish and had to compete in the Qualifiers, which ultimately cost coach Tony Smith his job.

Australian Price has taken over having had experience of coaching NRL outfit St George Illawarra Dragons in the past and he is looking to build a side capable of winning the Grand Final.

Forward Akauola and scrum-half Roberts have been drafted into the squad but are still not ready for action in pre-season, while former Wigan prop Crosby will also miss the friendly against Rochdale Hornets on Saturday.

There was hope that the trio will be fit to face the Rhinos next month, but Price has admitted that they remain a doubt for the arrival of Leeds at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.

He told the Warrington Guardian: "That's a hard one at the moment. I can’t really answer that until we get a little closer."

Despite his injury problems, Price has vowed to make changes for the game against the Hornets as he wants an improved display on the back of the 26-22 defeat at Widnes in December.

He added: "We’ll bring in a couple of other players who didn’t play at Widnes.

"I just felt we were a bit off in that friendly. I’m looking for a fair bit of change, certainly with our contact and our intent, and certainly aspects in our attacking structures."

Warrington are 2.75 to win the 2018 Grand Final, while Leeds are 151.00 to retain the title.

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