STEVE Price declared himself “super proud” of his Warrington Wolves players following their win at Catalans Dragons.

The Wire, who were without stand-off Blake Austin – a decision Price said was tactical – put in a superb defensive display to become the first side to beat the Frenchmen this year, returning from the Stade Gilbert Brutus with a 24-8 victory.

They had trailed 8-0 with the game approaching half time but turned the game around to pick up their second win of this year’s Super League campaign.

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Catalans had boasted the competition’s best attack going into the game, but Price was full of praise for his side as they kept them to a single James Maloney try.

“It was a really, really good performance from the boys,” he said.

“I’m not quite sure of the completion rate for the second half but it was up around 90 per cent I would say.

“We had the wind against us in the first half and it was quite strong and I thought the three resets early on in the game really hurt us.

“We got a bit loose in ‘D’ and they got that try. When we regathered, we got our systems right.

“To keep Catalans to one try for an 80-minute display was a very solid performance from us.

“I’m super proud of all 17 boys. It was a good old tough game of footy.

“The effort areas certainly improved, which is what we have been asking for.

“There were some game-changing moments for us – the right edge were really solid and over on the left, Toby King and Gaz (Widdop) had to come up with some big plays too.

“It’s not about sending out a statement. We know what sort of team we have, it’s about small improvements as a team.

“We’ve been a bit fluffy this season – we are the first to admit that – but parts of our game have been really good.

“Defensively, I thought we were really solid against a very good attacking team.

“We’ll get a lot of confidence and belief out of that and look forward to Hull KR next week.”

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After controlling much of the first half, Catalans were gifted an opening try when Toby King’s loose offload was gobbled up by James Maloney for a walk-in score, adding to his earlier penalty.

However, once Daryl Clark had speared through a gap to set up Ben Currie to score, the game turned.

King crossed just before the break as he claimed a pinpoint Widdop kick and after the interval, Jake Mamo raced away for an interception try after picking off a Sam Tomkins pass.

Widdop stepped through the line to wrap up the win late on and ensure Warrington brought the two points back with them to England.

“It’s a big game, travelling over here,” Price said.

“They deserve a big rap for what they did last year with Covid, giving up their home games.

“You fully appreciate how tough it is when you’re coming in and out.

“It’s a big win, they are a quality team and are well-coached.

“The guys have been working extremely hard on their game and the rewards were displayed today.”

Price confirmed his side had picked up no fresh injuries from today’s game and he also revealed an early piece of team news for next Saturday’s home game against Hull Kingston Rovers.

Greg Inglis will make his long-awaited Wire debut at The Halliwell Jones Stadium but with Mamo in superb form, Price admits the decision on who drops out is a tough one with Austin also keen to regain his place.

“Jake’s been outstanding for us – he got the player’s player and the coach’s award last week,” he said.

“Greg will come into the team next week. He will be somewhere in our 17.

“I will make that decision later on in the week but I have some tough calls to make.”