Wigan coach Shaun Wane says he wouldn’t have it any other way, after the Warriors landed another tough test at the Magic Weekend.
The Magic Weekend, to be held for the second successive year at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, adds an extra game to the Super League regular season, meaning each team plays one team three times across the course of the season.
For Wigan, this season, that team is Leeds, while in every other year they have faced St Helens, with the exception of 2010’s clash with Huddersfield in Edinburgh.
Wane told the club’s official website: “It will be another tough game and no doubt a good game to watch.
“We always seem to get a tough one in our extra game. To be honest I would much rather play a game like that.”
In 2013, the fixtures are a mix of derbies and arch rivalries, featuring the Hull derby, and also a clash between Warrington and St Helens.
These changes have perhaps been implemented to address questions raised over the integrity of the extra game, due to the apparent advantage some teams claim by playing against weaker sides. While Wigan took on St Helens last season, albeit ultimately coming out comfortable winners, minor premiership rivals Warrington coasted to a 68-4 win over bottom placed Widnes.