Rugby League: Wigan win Super League Grand Final 12-4 over Warrington

  • 14/10/2018

Australian coach Steve Price has failed in his bid to deliver Warrington Wolves their first English Super League title in 63 years after they lost 12-4 to Wigan in the grand final.

The Wolves started brightly with former Wigan winger Josh Charnley scoring the first try to give them a 4-0 lead after 13 minutes at Old Trafford on Saturday night.

However, tries from wingers Dom Manfredi and Tom Davies before the break shifted the match in Wigan's favour and Manfredi squeezed over in the corner with two minutes left to wrap up the win.

Price, who's NRL career lasted less that 60 games in charge of St George Illawarra before he was axed in 2014, had hoped to become the first Wolves coach since 1955 to deliver a premiership.

While Warrington failed at the final hurdle, Price paid tribute to their opponents' resilience.

"I thought their defence was outstanding but I'm super-proud of the boys," he said.

"We could've executed better at some stages but credit to Wigan. We threw everything at them and sometimes it doesn't go your way."

The 40-year-old has engineered a remarkable turnaround at a club that was flirting with relegation under former Illawarra and St George five-eighth Tony Smith last year.

Price, who was assistant to Wayne Bennett when St George Illawarra won the 2010 NRL grand final, and also to Shane Flanagan when Cronulla prevailed in 2016, led Warrington to the Challenge Cup final earlier this year.

Meanwhile, Wigan coach Shaun Wane had the perfect send-off as they wrapped up their 22nd English title.

Wane, who will now take up a high performance role with the Scottish Rugby Union, watched the Warriors grind out a deserved victory with a tenacious defensive display to cap his seven-year reign as coach.

Reuters