Steve Price is living a coach’s dream as he deliberates this week on where to place Blake Austin and Greg Inglis on his squad.
The controversial decision by the Warrington Wolves coach to remove Austin from the squad that traveled to Perpignan on Saturday was confirmed with a 24-8 victory over the Catalans’ Dragons.
Stefan Ratchford went from full-back to stand-off to replace Austin and his partnership with scrum-half Gareth Widdop was a winning combination for Wolves, leaving Price with “a good headache” as he prepares his team for Saturday’s home game against Hull. KR.
“I have tough calls to make, but it’s a pretty headache to have,” he told League Express.
“Blake Austin is an important part of our team, but I thought today the best way forward was with Stef and Gareth and it worked out well.
“Our kicking game was really positive. We have returned them to good places and squeezed in other areas.
“It was a very good performance for the boys. We have done our systems well and keeping the Catalans on a tryout for a full 80 minutes is a really positive performance for us.
“I’m super proud of all the boys, it was a tough old game of football. The area of effort has certainly improved, which is what we’re asking for and they’ve certainly followed through on that.
“We know what kind of team we have, these are small improvements. We were a little soft earlier in the season, we’ll be the first to admit it, but there are parts of our game that are really good and defensively we were really strong against a team that is a very strong attacking team. .
“We’re going to build on that and we’ll get a lot of confidence in our game against Hull KR at Halliwell Jones next week.
Greg Inglis’ long-awaited return to Rugby League is likely to come on Friday, leaving Price with a decision on where to play him.
“Greg will be playing next week somewhere in the 17th, and I’ll make that decision later in the week,” he said.
Price did not report any injury issues during the Catalans game, adding: “We are really happy with the way it went. It’s a tough trip for the Catalans and they deserve a big rap for what they did last year by traveling to the UK so many times.
“It’s a very long day for the players and the staff and I’m just happy we got the win.”
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