Blake Austin not fazed by gap to St Helens

Photo courtesy of Richard Long

Warrington star Blake Austin says he won’t be too disappointed if they don’t catch St Helens in the regular season as the Wolves gear towards winning a first Super League title.

The Wolves were beaten by Wigan in last season’s Grand Final, their fourth loss at Old Trafford, as their wait to be champions dating back to 1955 continues.

A surprise defeat at home to Hull last weekend sees Austin’s side six points behind a rampant St Helens.

They take on Wigan at the Magic Weekend at Anfield on Saturday.

Austin said: “We’re happy with how we’re going. We’re chasing consistent performances rather than than St Helens if that makes sense.

“If we can perform really well and happen to catch them, that’ll be great.

“If we’re performing really well and we don’t catch them, I don’t think we’ll be too disappointed by that either.

“League leaders would be great, but it’s certainly going to be tough to catch them from here.

“It’s about consistent performances towards the business end of the season.”

Austin is a self-confessed Liverpool football fan, so walking out in front of the Kop on Saturday will mean more to him than most.

He added: “I don’t think it matters you support. The chance to play at a stadium like this is unreal.

“Supporting Liverpool adds to it. They showed us where we’re going to get off the bus and walk, and you can’t help thinking of your (Virgil) Van Dijk’s and your Mo Salah’s, your rock stars who usually do that walk, and we’re going to get to do it in a Warrington uniform.

“I’ve been about three or four times, what a live product. It’s something special.”

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