Hoffman voices regrets

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NEW-boy Ryan Hoffman cursed the errors and missed opportunities that saw a Magic victory against St Helens slip from their grasp on Saturday night.

Champions Wigan led 16-0 in their Super League opener at the Millennium Stadium, only for Saints to strike with a late, three-try salvo to level the scores at 16-16.

Hoffman said: “No one is celebrating, everyone’s disappointed.

“We know we’re a better team than we showed at the end.

“We just gave them too much ball. Our discipline wasn’t great and Saints controlled it well, credit to them. When you’re having to do a lot of defending like we did, it takes its toll, but it shouldn’t have come to that.”

Hoffman (right), one of three recruits made from Melbourne Storm, opened the scoring with a debut try.

Fellow second-rower Harrison Hansen’s effort made it 12-0 at the break, and it looked like there would be no way back for Saints when George Carmont added another try nine minutes into the second-half.

But Royce Simmons marked his first game as Saints coach with a share of the spoils, as tries by Jon Wilkin, Tony Puletua and Francis Meli salvaged a point.

Wigan’s dramatic draw with St Helens headlined the opening day of the Magic weekend, and was watched by a crowd of more than 30,000. It was the first time that the Magic concept has been at the start of a season.

“The fans were fantastic, the atmosphere was great – I think it’s a great way to start the year,” added Hoffman.

“I’ve never experienced all the fans singing like that before. Actually I have, but it was in a World Club Challenge and they were booing me at the time because I was at Melbourne, so it’s nice to have a few cheering for me this time! We’re just disappointed we couldn’t get the win.

“But we’ve just got to move on and start working towards improving for our game at Bradford next week.”

The RFL will today view video footage to determine whether Jeff Lima will face the disciplinary committee tomorrow.

Prop Lima was placed on report by referee Richard Silverwood after St Helens forward Wilkin complained of an alleged ‘chicken wing’ dangerous tackle.