Steve Price reflects on the Wire’s 26-6 Super 8s defeat to Wigan and heaps praise on debutant Luis Johnson who made his first Super League appearance.
At 68 minutes there wasn’t much between the teams. Losing Tom Lineham [sin bin] with 12 minutes to go was a turning point and we couldn’t pull back the big wave from Wigan and they scored a few tries in quick succession which flattened us in the end.
I’m really proud of the guys up until that point. We had a fair few troops missing tonight and it was a good opportunity for some of the younger lads.
[On the period following Sam Tomkins’ sin bin] We could have managed the game a bit better and executed a few plays. We had two new halves and a lot of different personnel but we could have done better. They certainly handled having 12 men a lot better than what we did. We’ve got a bit of work to do and hopefully we can get a few blokes back for next week.
I’m really proud of Luis Johnson’s effort tonight. I thought he had a great debut against a quality footy team.
He saved that try [from Oliver Gildart] towards the end. For a 19-year-old on debut against a quality football team is exciting times.
Every player that pulls on the Wire jersey we expect them to compete hard and have a real crack at it and he did that tonight. There are still a lot of areas he needs to improve on and he’ll do that over time and with another full pre-season. It was a good debut from him.
He’s played more in the middle in the last four weeks for the Under 19s but was more of an edge player growing up. I decided to put him in the middle for the Academy team to work him harder and his game is progressing as a result.