16th March 2018, 09:34 | Warrington

Penalties proving costly - Price

Penalties proving costly - Price

Warrington Wolves coach Steve Price has ordered his players to cut out the penalties as they look to halt their losing run against Catalans Dragons on Saturday.

The Wolves have lost four of their opening six matches under their new Australian boss and dropped into the bottom four following Hull Kingston Rovers’ big win over Huddersfield Giants on Friday.

“We would like to be higher in the table than we are at the moment,” Price said.

“I’m proud of the commitment of our players but we’re still making it hard for ourselves with the amount of penalties we’re giving to the opposition.

“Once we sort that out and flip it on its head, I’m really confident we’ll be able to score a few more points and concede less tries.

“We’ve focused on key areas this week, replicating those pressure situations, and now it’s a case of making sure we are able to execute that in the game this weekend.”

The Catalans got off the mark at the fifth attempt with an 18-16 win over Hull KR in Perpignan last Saturday but remain bottom of the Betfred Super League table.

“I watched their game last week and it was important for them I’m sure to get that first win of the season,” Price said.

“They’ll take a lot of confidence from that and we’re expecting a tough game. They’re desperate for points sitting at the foot of the ladder so it’ll be a good test for us.”

The Dragons are without forward Jason Baitieri through suspension while Warrington have goal-kicking centre Bryson Goodwin back to help offset the loss of Ryan Atkins with an abductor strain.

In Saturday’s other match, Wakefield Trinity will be looking to bounce back from their first defeat of the season when they host Widnes Vikings.

Trinity have made their best start to a season in the top flight since the Second World War and can reclaim second place with a fourth straight win over the Vikings.

Widnes captain Joe Mellor said: “Wakefield just seem to be getting better each year.

“It’s going to be a tough contest for us but we’re working hard this week and we want to do the job against them.”

Widnes are without Papua New Guinea international Wellington Albert because of suspension while Wakefield coach Chris Chester recalls forward Pauli Pauli in place of Keegan Hirst.