BEN Currie said Warrington Wolves “turned up for each other when they had to” to ensure their crunch clash with Hull KR ended in victory.

A superb start to the game saw The Wire race into an 18-0 lead and they were able to hold their visitors at arm’s length thereafter to record a 20-8 win at The Halliwell Jones Stadium.

Their dominant first half laid the platform as Toby King scored twice either side of a penalty try, but Currie says just as much has been made of their defensive effort to snuff out the Robins’ attempted fightback in the dressing room.

“It’s a great result on the back of a six-day turnaround,” he said.

“I know Hull KR had a day less but these past few weeks have been really tough for us.

“We knew it was an important period in the season in terms of playing teams in and around us, so we knew we had to start well and we really did that.

“We dominated in that first half and then second half, we hung on but that’s the sign of the good team.

“We didn’t have the ball and things were going against us a bit, but we hung in there for each other.

“I can’t remember us defending our line at all in the first 20 minutes or so and we put them under a lot of pressure.

“We had repeat sets and were trapping them in their own 30 or 40 to make them kick deep.

“As a middle unit, we really invest in our ‘D’ and our back five got us out of our own half.

“They’re a quality team as we’ve all seen – they’ve beaten Wigan and Saints recently and I’m sure they wanted to come here and take two points off us.

“We weren’t going to go 80 minutes without them having at least a 10-15 minute period, but it was about how we managed that and got through it.

“We handled it really well and turned up for each other when we had to.”

The game saw Currie – an edge back-rower for so long during his decade-long career at The Wire – start at loose forward yet again.

His transition into the middle unit has been one of the biggest plus points of Warrington’s campaign to date and he admits he had been “itching” to give the number 13 role a go.

“Coming through as a kid, I was always a 13 but then the role changed into being pretty much another prop,” he said.

“I preferred the edge in that period but over the past couple of years, I have been itching to have a go.

“I’ve suggested it once or twice to previous coaches and even at the start of this year, but Sam (Burgess) said I was more needed on the edge.

“We had a couple of injuries come up early in the year, I got the chance and I’ve managed to stick in there.

“I can tell things have changed because Sam would rather put Joe Philbin in the back row than me at the moment so I think I’m stuck with it now!”

Warrington’s focus now switches to the Challenge Cup semi-final, where they will have the chance to return to Wembley Stadium for the first time since winning the competition in 2019.

Currie was a key part of the Wire side that beat St Helens that day and was also in the team that lost the 2016 Wembley decider against Hull FC.

Huddersfield Giants stand in their way at St Helens’ Totally Wicked Stadium on Sunday as they look to reach the final for the second time in three years.

“We’ve not looked too much at them as we’re one week at a time but from the games I’ve watched, they can certainly play,” Currie said.

“They’re a dangerous side and if they turn up, which I’m sure they will do for a semi-final, they’ve got some very dangerous players.

“There’s obviously Jake Connor at full-back and the two centres are strike players for them. We’ll gameplan it during the week and turn up with the right plan.

“Any team that isn’t playing next week will be devastated. Even though it might mean some time off, they will want to be involved and playing.

“Fortunately, we are involved and we’re really looking forward to it.

“We’ve got a 10-day turnaround before it so there’s plenty of time to rest up and we’ll come in firing on Monday.”