Warrington Wolves captain Chris Hill has insisted that his side are not worrying about the Super League table – despite sitting top of it heading into Magic Weekend.
The Wolves head to Newcastle for the annual carnival of rugby league flying high at the summit after an impressive start to 2016.
However, defeat at Wakefield last weekend allowed surprise packages Hull FC and Catalans the opportunity to draw level at the top on 20 points heading into a compelling-looking Magic Weekend.
And Hill told TotalRL that whilst the congested table looks good from an entertainment perspective, they’re not even worrying about it.
“The congestion at the top makes it even more interesting and even more intriguing heading into Magic Weekend,” he said.
“There are some cracking ties this weekend, but we’re not concentrating on the table. We just want to focus on performing well even though we’re a way into the season. The league table will take care of itself.”
Hill admits that defeat at Wakefield last weekend was a setback for the Wolves, and was left to reflect on a first half which saw them trail 24-6 at the break: a deficit from which they never recovered.
He said: “It was disappointing against Wakefield, we gave them too much of a leg-up.
“There were some bad errors and interceptions from ourselves and it was disappointing. I thought we had a decent dig in the second half and we can take some positives from the performance, I think.
“The damage was done in that first half, and we left ourselves with too much to do. As I said, they had too much of a start.”
And on the concept of Magic itself, Hill insists he’s excited to head back to St James’ Park – saying he’s sure it was the right choice to head back to Newcastle ahead of their clash against Castleford Tigers on Saturday.
“I’m delighted to see it come back to Newcastle from my perspective.
“When you get all 12 teams here in two days you can’t help but enjoy it, but what made it for me is that the local area really seemed to buy into it. It should be a great weekend again. It’s a round like no other and it’s different, and we love it.
“We’ll train as normal, it’s like a normal week and a normal away game in terms of the preparation. We’ll get settled in on Friday and be ready for Castleford.”