Steve Price and Kristian Woolf both gave their thoughts after Warrington turned in a hugely impressive performance against the reigning Super League champions St Helens to run out 19-0 winners.
After narrowly missing out with 12 men against Wigan last week, the Wire were far too strong for Saints from the opening minutes and knocked the Grand Final winners well off their stride in a fantastic performance in their first home game of the season.
The visitors were hampered by the disruption of losing Alex Walmsley in the warm up, but had no answer to the relentless energy Warrington brought and were staggeringly kept scoreless by superb defence from the hosts.
Price was understandably over the moon with his players..
“It’s only early days but the performance was very pleasing,” he told reporters after the game.
“To keep them to zero was huge. We were good last week and backed it up again, so we need to keep that up.”
Despite being happy with his side’s sharpness with the ball, Price admitted keeping Saints scoreless was more pleasing.
“The nil was the most pleasing thing. There were some big moments there where players came up with some big plays in defence,” he said.
“I thought all 17 contributed to a really strong performance against a very good football team so we’ll take a lot of positives out of the game.
“For us it’s about improving every week and that’s the main thing for me. It’s a long season and we’re looking to be a consistent side and we’re building bit by bit,” he added.
By contrast, Woolf couldn’t hide his disappointment with his side, who he believed didn’t rise to the challenges posed to them by Warrington.
“It was a very disappointing performance,” he said.
“You can’t win games with the discipline we showed tonight and our completion rate was really poor as well.
“The damage was done in the first half and we weren’t good enough to recover.”
Woolf admitted the disruption his side suffered with injuries before and during the game was a hindrance but made no excuses, highlighting that his players simply weren’t good enough.
“Losing Alex (Walmsley) doesn’t help and losing (Mark) Percival in the game wasn’t great but it throws up challenges for us and we didn’t meet that challenge tonight,” he explained.
“We had a good enough team out there to do a lot better than we did so we need to learn from this and improve.”
On the injuries sustained by Walmsley and Percival, Woolf explained the issues but wasn’t sure of the severity.
“He’s (Walmsley) strained his calf. We don’t know how bad it is but hopefully it’s not too serious and Percival has hurt his collarbone so we’ll assess that too,” he added.