Price criticises Warrington display after defeat to Huddersfield

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Warrington head coach Steve Price deemed his side’s display during their 20-6 loss at Huddersfield as unacceptable after starting the new Betfred Super League season with successive defeats.

Tom Lineham gave the visitors an early lead but tries from Dale Ferguson, Darnell McIntosh and Jordan Turner ensured the Giants came away with their first win of the campaign in wretched weather conditions at the John Smith’s Stadium.

However, the Australian showed his dismay at the number of errors and infringements his new side produced as Tony Smith’s successor began life at the Wolves with back-to-back defeats.

“It’s not the standard that we accept as a footy club,” Price said.

“We were very confident leading into the game, we got off to a reasonable start and to come out with a display like that is very disappointing.

“We spoke about that and with the conditions and Danny Brough’s kicking game, I thought he was the difference in controlling the game, I thought he kicked outstanding but we didn’t combat that too well.

“We were confident with the 17 we had out there tonight but when you are dishing out 14 errors and 14 penalties, and within that 14, three of them while we had control of the ball, is unacceptable.

“It’s a personal responsibility to be able to control the ball, it’s a personal responsibility to be disciplined in the game and when you are dishing out 28 of them combined errors and penalties, you are never going to give yourself a chance.”

Price will hope his side can get back to winning ways when Warrington travel to Widnes next week, and the 39-year-old has placed extra emphasis on the match following their winless start to the campaign.

He added: “We have just got to get back on the horse now, we’ve got Widnes – a local derby next week. I have all the confidence in the playing group, it’s a matter of personal responsibility to nullify those penalties and discipline.

“It’s very big. Especially, coming off two losses at the start of the season and a local derby. It’s going to be a very important game for us.”

Huddersfield head coach Rick Stone hailed his side’s turnaround in form following last week’s disappointing 38-12 defeat at Hull FC.

The Giants led by 12-4 after 37 minutes at the KCOM Stadium before shipping 34 unanswered points. However, the tables had turned for the Stone as he watched his side keep the Wolves at bay in the second half, much to his delight.

“We have had a good response considering how we went in the second half last week,” the Australian said.

“I thought our effort was great. 17 players had a real crack and competed for the whole game. That was the most pleasing part.

“For the most part, we did pretty well. We didn’t make too many mistakes. At any time you make less than 10 mistakes, you give yourself a good chance, and in those conditions – we were pretty happy with that.

“It was good to see everyone stand up. The pleasing part from us in the second half, compared to last week, is we came back and tried to repeat what we did in the first half and we got through.”

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