16th March 2018, 09:34 | Warrington
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.
📋Steve Price has named his 19-man squad for Saturday’s trip to Perpignan when we face @DragonsOfficiel— Warrington Wolves (@wolvesrl) March 15, 2018
Ryan Atkins misses the game with an abductor strain with Sitaleki Akauola replacing him in the squad pic.twitter.com/GjKpwB1FyX
“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.”
🇫🇷 Steve McNamara a dévoilé le groupe pour la réception de Warrington samedi à Brutushttps://t.co/1Xl09lDvkL— Dragons Catalans (@DragonsOfficiel) March 15, 2018
🇬🇧 Steve McNamara has named the squad for the Saturday home game against @wolvesrlhttps://t.co/7bLkotAzk8 pic.twitter.com/A3zZGbtT0w
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.