O’Loughlin: This is a step into unknown

Sean O'Loughlin scores against Hull FC
Sean O'Loughlin scores against Hull FC
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SEAN O’Loughlin insists Warriors are capable of reaching the top of Super League in the Super 8s, despite describing the new structure as ‘a step into the unknown’.

The Warriors captain is preparing to lead his side out on Thursday for the opening clash of the new phase of the season, with the top eight clubs fighting for a play-off spot.

We know we’re in a good position to push for that top spot but there is a lot of competition pushing hard just to get in the four

Sean O’Loughlin

With the top eight sides carrying their points over from the first 23 rounds of the season, depending on other results Wigan could wedge a seven-point gap between themselves and the sides pushing for the top four.

“It’s a bit of a step into the unknown but you know it’s a step-up,” O’Loughlin said.

“We know we’re in a good position to push for that top spot but there is a lot of competition pushing hard just to get in the four.

“There will be a lot of tough games.”

Warriors have completed a league double over Huddersfield this year, and haven’t lost at home for more than a year.

“We have had some really good battles. You want those games at home but it’s play-off type football now,” O’Loughlin said.