Ratchford the centre of attention

Warrington Wolves star Stefan Ratchford found himself selected in the unusual position of centre against Toronto Wolfpack on Friday night at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.

But, having started on the right edge, he found himself back in his preferred position of fullback midway through the second half due to an injury to Matty Ashton.

“It’s been a while since I played at right centre, but I found it alright out there,” Ratchford explained.

“I’ll always do what’s best for the team on any given week, so if that means I’m playing somewhere else next week and somewhere else the week after that, then that’s what I’m happy to do.

“It’s one of those things. You’ve just got to concentrate on the job at hand. If you look at our team, there are so many players chomping at the bit to get a game, so you’ve got to perform well wherever you’re playing. “

The versatility of Ratchford proved crucial, as did his goal kicking, as he landed six from seven on the night, despite strong winds swirling around the ground, which included two vital penalties late on when the game was in the balance.

“It was pretty breezy, and it took me the first kick to work out the direction of the wind, but I was pretty happy considering,” he added.

“The hardest kick I had was 30 metres out right in front. Usually they’re dead certain, but in the wind it was tricky.

“We’ve always backed ourselves to break teams down and score, but we’ve perhaps been guilty the last couple of seasons of not taking the two points when we had the chance and coming up short.

“Once they’d got level, we decided to take the opportunities they gave us.”