Head coach Steve Price talks after the defeat to Castleford, bringing the season to an end for the Wire.
“It was disappointing the way we finished. I’m very proud of the playing group this season. They went to Wembley and beat the raging favourites in St Helens which was phenomenal. We haven’t really recovered to be honest; whether that’s through tiredness or a bit of hangover I’m not sure. There are some sore, tired boys in there; some boys have been playing busted for a number of weeks now. We gave ourselves every chance tonight we just weren’t clinical enough from an offensive point of view, our decision making could have been better. We created enough opportunities to win the game but credit to Cas. We created enough chances but our decision making and execution, especially in transition with good ball, needed to be better. I thought the last 15 minutes we played some reasonable football. We looked quite threatening at times. When you play finals football you need to be at your best and over the last couple of weeks we haven’t been.
“I thought our middles were great tonight. They did everything they could but it wasn’t to be. Sometimes you win, sometimes you don’t and you have to give credit to the opposition.
“There have been some really good attacking, offensive plays over the last 10 to 12 weeks but we have been a bit clunky at times. We had a team to go really deep into the finals this year so it’s gut wrenching to finish on a note like that tonight.
“I wouldn’t say it (the season) was a failure. We were running second for more than threequarters of the season. It was game 32, 33 tonight and we’ve used one of the least amount of players throughout the season in the whole competition. The boys haven’t had a weekend off for over two years now throughout the season having played every competition game, whether that caught up in the end I’m not quite sure but we’ve got a bit of thinking to do.
“I’m proud of the playing group. We have a fantastic coaching staff and I wouldn’t want it any different. We work extremely hard to give them opportunities to play on the big stage but it wasn’t to be tonight. There are some wonderful teams going through at the moment; St Helens and Wigan are playing some good footy.
“We’ve got to look at things including myself in what we can do better and we will look at that over the coming weeks.”