Wolves’ full-back wants a classic at Magic

Warrington full-back Stefan Ratchford is looking forward to another classic encounter against Wigan at Magic Weekend.

The Wolves have been revitalised in recent weeks having shrugged off a difficult start to the season, while the Warriors continue to pick up points despite an astonishing injury list.

They go head-to-head at St James’ Park in the showpiece game on day one of the Magic Weekend on Saturday.

Ratchford said: “I think the whole concept of Magic Weekend is brilliant.

“Getting all the teams and all the fans at one venue, it’s something that’s really enjoyable and you do tend to see a log of magic stuff, it tends to bring out the best in people.

“I’ve always enjoyed the Magic Weekend and hopefully this weekend is going to be no different.

“We know it’s going to be a real tough game against Wigan – it’s always a tough game whenever you play them, and it’s always one you look forward to.

“I know the Wigan players look forward to it as well, so hopefully we can come up with another classic and entertain the fans.”

Warrington came out on the right side of a real arm-wrestle against Widnes in the Challenge Cup last weekend, and the quarter-final draw pitches them up against the Warriors.

Ratchford added: “You’ve got to give credit to Widnes. They came with a lot of injuries, a lot of senior boys missing and I thought their young lads really stood up and had a dig, and made it difficult for us.

“Performance wise we’d have a good 10-15 minutes where we looked like we could put a lot of points on the board, and then on the back of that we come up with an error and then go 10-15 minutes where we’re really scrappy.

“We know we’re not where we need to be but we’re showing in patches the damage that we can do, and we managed to get through and thats all that matters at this stage.”

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