SOMETIMES numbers in sport don't tell the whole story.

But a few from Warrington Wolves defeat at Leeds on Friday night help illustrate just how bad the Wire were.

The 36-0 defeat was the worst since Steve Price took over as head coach in 2018, it is the first time his side have been 'nilled'.

It was an eighth straight away defeat since London were beaten at the start of July. Wolves have now not won back to back Super League games since the start of June.

Wolves completed just 18 of 31 sets. As a consequence, a rampant Leeds side made almost 500 more metres.

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As Price himself said in a candid press conference at the end of the game, the Wire were beaten in all departments.

They actually started pretty well but Toby King was held up over the line after claiming a Blake Austin cross-kick in the first couple of minutes. But that was as close as they got to scoring.

This was a chastening night for Austin. The Aussie was tearing it up this time last year, but he has yet to find his best form since the injury that forced him to miss the Challenge Cup final in August.

Warrington Guardian:

It is clear the partnership with star signing Gareth Widdop in the halves needs work but it is very hard to play when your pack are being rolled over.

Wire couldn't stop the ruck speed of the Rhinos and were making no yardage when they had possession.

When Cooper and Hill were off at the start of the second half they looked very light and the likes of Adam Cuthbertson, Ava Seumanufagai and Mikolaj Oledzki dominated.

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Old boys Brad Dwyer - who was always a bit part player at The Halliwell Jones Stadium - and Richie Myler both scored as Leeds took advantage of their superiority up front.

They blitzed 16 points in the 10 minutes Ben Murdoch-Masila was in the sin bin for an ugly high shot on Prior.

Warrington Guardian:

Konrad Hurrell exposed Wire's right side defence where Keanan Brand had a tough night on debut. But this was a performance none of the Wire 17 will look back on with pride.

The one positive is it is early in the season. Silverware is not decided on February.

But Warrington have to find some consistency and soon. The next two weeks see games against Castleford, the early league leaders, and a trip to Hull.

Two wins and this Headingley horror show will be forgotten. Two defeats and the pressure will really be on.

Price says he has a good football team with proud men. The response to Headingley will show if that is true.