Warrington Wolves coach Steve Price insists his players are not worried about the league table after dropping out of the play-off places on Friday night.
One week on from missing out on a place in the Challenge Cup final, the Wire dropped to fifth and out of the top four on Friday night after a late defeat to Wigan Warriors, in a game they led for large periods before Liam Farrell’s try four minutes from time.
But Price promised that his side is not concerned with where they sit on the ladder.
“We’re not even looking at the table at the moment,” he said.
“We’re having some harsh lessons and its important we do learn from them. It’s quite tough at present.
“There was a huge amount of effort and intent, but in the last two weeks, the last ten minutes haven’t been where they need to be.
“The guys are hurting at the moment and I’d be disappointed if they weren’t, but we’re not far away.”
Price did concede, however, that Warrington’s execution at key moments is letting them down when it matters most.
“We can’t lose sight of the good things we’re doing, but we need to tidy up things that are letting us down,” Price said.
“I’m extremely proud of the effort and intent by the boys. We had some hard-nosed rugby throughout the second half, but I’m disappointed with the Zak Hardaker line-break and the winning try over on our right edge.
“I felt like we dominated large parts of that game. It was certainly a game we put ourselves in a position to win. But we’re just beating ourselves up at times. You could say there are some lapses of concentration.
We’re putting ourselves in positions to score tries, but we’ve got to look at certain aspects of our execution.”
Price was also left to bemoan an unusual moment in the second half of the game, when Warrington took a penalty to go 14-12 ahead, despite clear calls from the on-field players to run the ball.
“The call was to run the ball,” he said.
“I think there was a miscommunication from a player to the referee.
“It wasn’t the captain who said it. That’s down to (referee) Chris Kendall.”
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