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Warrington Wolves' young second rower Ben Currie identifies lessons from Wolves' recent defeats
Ben Currie and teammates slump to the floor following their defeat to Hull FC in the Challenge Cup semi final
WOLVES must learn from their defeats if they are to return to Old Trafford this season, says Ben Currie.
The 19-year-old forward was watching from the sidelines as Wolves slumped to a shock 16-6 defeat to ‘derby’ rivals Widnes Vikings two weeks ago, a result that had fans questioning their side’s ability to reach Super League’s showcase event in October.
Wolves have lost six games this year, but few have caused more concern than their most recent defeat to Vikings, who are the only side to have recorded a season’s double over the men in primrose and blue.
To lose two matches against the old enemy has stung both the fans and the players.
“You can take a lot out of a loss, in terms of learning about yourself, your team and your performance,” said Currie.
“Stick to the game plan no matter what, even when you are behind by three tries in the last 10 minutes.
“Trust that your game plan is going to work for you.
“You can start to panic and chuck the ball around, but more important is to settle the game down and play like you have been trained to play. I think that we as a team have been guilty of that, of panicking a bit, and not just in losing situations but when we are ahead, we start playing a bit too simple.”
Warrington’s frustration at the rain-soaked Halliwell Jones Stadium was evident for all to see, the handling errors racking up as the players tried harder and harder to claw their way back from the brink.
Currie, Wolves’ breakthrough youngster this year with 24 appearances under his belt, admitted that it has been difficult to move on from the defeat to Hull FC in the Challenge Cup semi final, a game which seemed to mark the start of Wolves’ lacklustre performances.
Against Widnes it appeared to catch up with them, ending a club record winning streak that had stretched to 10 Super League games.
But the second rower hopes that the week’s break will serve as another turning point in a season that has seen Wolves’ best performances come in bursts, with Friday’s trip to St Helens the perfect time to kick-start their return to top form.
“We are learning as a team and have learnt a lot this season, so hopefully we can put it all together when we need to now we’re at the end of the season,” he said.
“The semi final was the worst defeat I have played in my career and it hurt everyone, but we have put it behind us now and we are fully focused on the Grand Final.”
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