WARRINGTON Wolves head coach Steve Price has given an update on an injury to Blake Austin and highlighted the players who stood out to him in the win against London Broncos.

Stand-off Austin was the man to make way for Luther Burrell’s debut midway through the second half, with the former England rugby union international slotting in at right centre, Toby King moving to left second-row and Ben Currie taking over the number six role.

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Blake Austin in the wars. Pictures: Mike Boden

“Blake copped a bit of a knock in the first half but he’s fine,” said Price.

“After half time I took off Mike Cooper, Daryl Clark and Blake, and it was a good opportunity to get Lama Tasi and Joe Philbin some minutes through the middle third.

“I thought Danny Walker was really good defensively too on the try line.”

Front-row was a key area for The Wire to get right with the dependable Chris Hill serving the first game of his two-match ban, and Sitaleki Akauola being rested.

Also currently on the sidelines are Stefan Ratchford, Ben Murdoch-Masila, Ryan Atkins, Kevin Brown and Ben Westwood.

“With Chris Hill having to sit out two weeks, the plan was to rotate through the middle third,” said Price.

“Other blokes had to step up and Lama Tasi and Joe Philbin did that today.

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Lama Tasi

“And I thought Mike Cooper was outstanding in that opening 40 minutes.

“His leg drive after contact was super and generated some extra fastness of those play-the-balls.

“I thought it was best for Sita to have a rest this weekend and he’ll be ready to go next week.”

“We had about 10 players out of our full-time squad missing today so it just shows the depth we’ve got.

“I was just really pleased with the guys who got that opportunity today and came out to deliver that type of performance.

“We’ve got a big squad and I thought that was the best team today.

“I thought Bennie Currie showed some really good signs today, getting back to the Ben Currie of old.

“He played really hard-nosed, he got his hands on the ball, his involvements on and off the ball were the Ben Currie of previous to his knee injuries.

“We need to help each other and Ben’s a senior player in our squad.

“He drives good standards, particularly around the right edge when I took Blake off.”