Steve Price hails “busted” star and provides update on Gareth Widdop’s future

Warrington ran out 6-2 winners in a doggedly-professional display against a misfiring St Helens and head coach Steve Price had some high praise for one of his players.

Stefan Ratchford was hit heavy early on, but managed to regain his feet and put in an excellent performance.

“I thought Stefan was great tonight; he came up with some really big plays and he was on the ball, playing busted,” Price said.

“He copped a heavy knock early on in the game and it just goes to show what sort of player he is.”

Price was keen to stress just how good his side had been in the first-half.

“It was a tough game of footy and we’ve got a huge amount of respect for St Helens – they are champions for a reason.

“We dominated the first-half in terms of field position and it sort of flipped around in the second half.

“We had to defend our try-line and at the back end of that second-half we showed a huge amount of resilience.

“There were big game changing moments, such as when Blake Austin and Jake Mamo – on that right edge forced Jack Welsby into touch.

“We need to do that on a consistent basis, we need to be like that week in, week out but we can take a huge amount of belief by this win.”

The Warrington boss also took the opportunity to once more dismiss the speculation that Gareth Widdop would be leaving the Halliwell Jones immediately to take up an offer in Australia.

“He’s a contracted player to Warrington Wolves and he certainly won’t be going anywhere this year.”

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