Tommy Makinson says Widnes Vikings are a far better team than the Betfred Super League table suggests – and that makes them very dangerous when the two sides meet in Newcastle this Saturday.
“Widnes may be sitting at the wrong end of the table but they are a much better side than they are showing,” he said. “We speak about playing tough teams all the time and Widnes are certainly one of those.
“They will want to go to Newcastle and put on a show like we did last year. We will be looking forward to it and Justin will have us ready for it too.
“We will be going into the game with confidence but know it will be tough task.”
Following Toronto’s clash with Toulouse Olympique, Saints and Widnes kick off the round of Super League fixtures at 3pm.
Wigan and Warrington follow at 5:15pm before Castleford face Leeds (7.30pm).
On Sunday, Salford play Catalans (1pm), Wakefield versus Huddersfield follows at 3:15pm with the weekend closing out with the Hull derby (5.30pm).
“I think the Magic Weekend is a great concept,” Tommy added. “I have played in quite a few and sat and watched a couple because of injury and selection. Sitting on both sides of that fence you see how good it is as a spectator. Playing in the event itself is fantastic.
“You never get to see 12 teams under one roof in an epic stadium so it is great.
“You have to approach it as another league game and another two points, but as an event you know it is different. We’re in a 70,000 seater stadium so it will be different, and the atmosphere will be great, but it is about the two points, getting a good performance from the team and travelling home happy.”
Saints have had some great moments at Magic but there is one that stands out for Tommy.
“There’s an obvious highlight,” he said. “I scored a pretty decent try against Hull last year that people like to talk about!
“The whole day was memorable. It was Justin’s first game in charge and everything went well. We really enjoyed it and kicked on from there.
“It was a great performance capped by a great try.”
Tickets for Magic remain on sale from the Ticket Office until 5pm on May 15. We only have weekend tickets remaining.