Steve Price reflects on The Wire's defeat in Perpignan and looks ahead to Thursday's clash with Castleford with Guardian sports reporter Matt Turner...

MT: We saw Daryl Clark go off before the end of the game on Saturday. How has he pulled up?

SP: Yeah Clarky is looking good. He just got a bit of a bang on the back of his leg late in the game. He’s pulled up okay in training today and he’s looking good for Thursday’s game.

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Daryl Clark looks set to play against former club Castleford having recovered from a slight calf knock. Picture by Mike Boden

MT: Was there a problem with Lama – noticed he didn’t come back on after going off?

SP: No there’s no problem there. I was just happy with what Jason Clark, Philbs and Benny Murdoch were doing in that middle part of the game.

That’s the reason why his game time was a little bit limited.

MT: Is this week going to be about quality of training rather than volume given the limited time you have?

SP: That’s right. We need to keep the boys fresh.

There will be less volume and more time in recovery. That’s been addressed and I’m confident we’ll be ready to go on Thursday.

MT: You’ve had a day or so to stew about the Catalans game. Have any of your thoughts changed regarding what went wrong?

SP: My process from after the game hasn’t really changed.

I was really happy with how the boys got back into the game coming off a 53 per cent completion rate in the first half.

The amount of errors we were making and our attitude at the start of the game just wasn’t us.

We did really well to get back into it and hit the front, but we came up with some erratic play after that which led to a yardage error.

We showed a lot of fight to get in front and give ourselves a chance. We scored four tries to three, but credit to Catalans.

We’ve had a review, we’ll move on and into Castleford.

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Wire were left playing catch-up after a poor start against Catalans on Saturday. Picture by Mike Boden

MT: You flew out a few hours earlier than you did last year – do you think that played a part at all in your slow start?

SP: We don’t use those type of excuses here. We were well prepared and we knew what was coming.

As a group, we don’t accept that kind of chat. At the end of the day, it’s 80 minutes of football that it comes down to.

MT: Losing is not a familiar team among this group, so will you learn more about them this week in terms of how they are able to bounce back?

SP: Certainly. It’s going to be a good challenge for us against a quality team that have been a top-two or three Super League club for a number of years.

It will be good to see where we’re at in comparison to them early on in the season. We’re looking forward to it.

MT: In many ways, it will be the exact opposite to Saturday in terms of what the opposition will throw at you?

SP: Cas have a lot more variables in terms of their attacking structure.

They have a really good number nine in Paul McShane and an exciting six in Jake Trueman.

You could call them a tradesmen-like pack who work extremely hard for each other and some exciting outside backs.

We’re going to have to be ready to combat all of that.

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Catalans provided a physical test on Saturday - and Steve Price is expecting Castleford to be altogether different. Picture by Mike Boden

MT: Games against teams in and around you tripped you up a few times last year. Has that something that’s been highlighted as needing to improve?

SP: We haven’t really spoken about that. We just go out to win every game.

We don’t accept second-best here and it’s no different on Thursday night.

We’re playing a quality team but we always go out to get the W whoever we’re playing.

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Wolves were beaten at home by Castleford last year. Picture by Mike Boden

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MT: Do you think you’ll send out a bit of a statement by knocking Cas off?

SP: We can’t really think of it as sending a statement out. It’s only round five.

It’s still early days and it’s a long season. We try and go out and win every game but its too early in the season to talk about putting one on supposed rivals. There’s still a lot more football to play.