London Broncos utility forward Jay Pitts believes this weekend’s Summer Bash is a ‘massive opportunity’ for his team to bond as competition in the Championship heats up for top four spaces.
Danny Ward’s side regained their second place spot in the table following their 46-12 win over Sheffield, and will face third place Toulouse in the opening game of the Sunday.
Broncos were tipped to finish in the bottom four by former player and pundit Garry Schofield, but with 10 wins in 14, they are second behind table toppers Toronto Wolfpack.
The side will face their toughest challenge yet, with the French opposition sat in third place on points difference in the Championship with the winner to edge closer to confirming their top four spot.
“It’s a massive game,” said Pitts.
“We’re prepared as any other game. It’s going to be as tough as any other game.
“We’re massively confident. we play to the best of our capability and stick to our game plan we can definitely come away with the win.
With recent talk of moving Newcastle’s Magic Weekend, Bloomfield Road, home to Blackpool FC, will host it’s fourth consecutive Summer Bash since the concept began back in 2014.
When asked if he believes the event will ever need a change of scenery from the seaside, Pitts added: “It’s been there every year so it’s good to be in the same place the fact everyone knows where it is.
“It has the identity, but I think it would be good to move somewhere else.
“I’m not sure where but it’s a great occasion for everyone in one stadium and good for general rugby league fans.”
Toulouse opened the Magic Weekend facing top of the table Toronto, with the Canadian side coming away with the two-points at St James’ Park.
The French side, coached by Sylvain Houles, have displayed a free-flowing attacking rugby in 2018, led by captain Sebastien Planas and talented fullback Mark Kheirallah.
“We’ve previewed them and had a look,” admitted Pitts.
“We’ve worked out where our game plans are so we’re previewed them and we’ll put a game plan to the best of our ability and hopefully get the win.”
Featherstone Rovers closely follow the two sides in fourth position, and the competition for the top four has really sparked into life in the Championship.
“It’s a massive opportunity to bond as a team,” said Pitt.s
“We’re staying over night and will get together and we can hopefully enjoy the experience playing at a new stadium.
“It’s something different. Not many people get this opportunity. It’s a great occasion and it’s going to be a good game.
“We’re massively confident. if we play to the best of our capability and stick to our game plan we can definitely come away with the win.”