21st August 2018, 14:34 | ChallengeCup
Steve Price was full of praise for the ambition of the Warrington Wolves’ players and ownership as he seeks to bring a ninth Challenge Cup to Cheshire on Saturday.
He said: “They are very driven for success as are the powers above. Our challenge was to be a top 4 Super League club and we’ve put ourselves in that position to challenge for two pieces of silverware this year and it’s the perfect opportunity on Saturday.
“We’re under no illusions, it’s going to be a really tough game, they’re playing some really good football at present.
“They’ve got big strong forward pack, back five are doing a really good job off the back of Drinkwater’s kicking game. It’s going to be a really tough challenge.”
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On his opposition, Price was keen to dismiss the result of the match in the Super League between the sides 11 days ago, that the Wolves won 56-8.
“We understand the line-up and the reasons why they put that team out. We know and we expect that it’ll be a very tough challenge.
“They’ve got a good football team there, a lot of experience in the team, lot of old heads. They share the workload out and they’ve got a very sound kicking game from Josh Drinkwater, it’s going to be a tough game.”
During his press conference ahead of the Challenge Cup final, Price said that he has spoken to some Wire greats about the prospect of coaching at the National Stadium.
“I was in Wembley in 2014 for when Arsenal played Man City in a pre-season friendly, that’s the only time I’ve been there.
“It was buzzing. I think there was 70,000 there that day and it just feels like everyone’s on top of it and after speaking to Lee Briers and Jon Clarke who played at Wembley on a number of occasions, they reckon it’s an unbelievable experience.”
Moving to on the field matters, the Warrington coach spoke about the status of some of his players ahead of his team selection for the showpiece.
“Harvey Livett trained today, Ryan Atkins had a really good training session, Sitaleki Akauola was on the training field so we’re ready to go. [Ben] Roberts had limited training today because of the protocols around concussion.”
One player who won’t be involved is Mitch Brown, who has suffered a serious knee injury, who has had an operation today and will play no part on Saturday.