St Helens star Paul Wellens has passionately called for his side to lay down a marker at the eighth annual Magic Weekend this Sunday, as they prepare to face bitter rivals Warrington Wolves in the final game of the blockbusting weekend.
The Saints and the Wolves met in last year’s Magic Weekend, with the Saints suffering a heavy 48-22 at the hands of Tony Smith’s side. However, the Saints are going well this year, and sit in second on the Super League ladder.
And Wellens admits he is excited at the prospect of stepping out onto the Etihad Stadium pitch once again, whilst also claiming that the Warrington clash has come at exactly the right time for his side.
“In our preparation we will treat this like any other game but it is a showpiece weekend and all the eyes of the rugby league world are on the Etihad for one weekend. You want to perform well and put down a marker,” Wellens claimed.
“Warrington is a game we really need at this point. They showed last week against Catalan that they are a team that is coming back into form.
“It is going to be a real tough test for us but it has come at the right time.”