Warrington Wolves went down 24-18 at home to Catalans Dragons last night, with the Wolves staring down the barrel of a gun at 24-6.
With five minutes left, Warrington did threaten a comeback with two quickfire tries, but the damage had been done and the French side came away deserved winners.
For England head coach Shaun Wane, who this week named his England 30-man training squad, Warrington have a lot of work to do, with head coach Daryl Powell needing to improve.
“If I’m honest, Daryl has a big job to do with Warrington,” Wane said live on Sky Sports.
“Without a shadow of a doubt, there’s talent there and I’m sure he will get it out of them, but he’s had one pre-season.
“It’s not coming out at the minute – they have to do better as the talent is immense.”
Warrington had numerous sets on the Catalans line – especially towards the back end of the first-half – but the Dragons stood firm with some incredible hits and scrambling defence.
At home in front of a packed Halliwell Jones, Warrington looked fatigued and sometimes lost in attack.
That left the crowd often lacking in noise. And, with the Wolves only scoring one try, head coach Daryl Powell will have been desperately disappointed with his side’s showing.