Lockers happy with Magic fixtures

Wigan Warriors captain Sean O'Loughlin
Wigan Warriors captain Sean O'Loughlin

WIGAN skipper Sean O’Loughlin is delighted to be facing Leeds at Magic Weekend on Sunday - instead of arch enemies St Helens.

On four of the previous five events, the Warriors have come up against Saints with Huddersfield their only other opponent.

The Rhinos go into the clash fresh from their defeat against Saints on Monday and O’Loughlin is relishing the challenge.

“I’m happy it’s changed up a bit,” he said. “The last few years we’ve played Saints a lot in one season and it dilutes it a bit.

“Two or three times a year maximum is what you want. I know fans like to see us play Saints but it makes it more special when it’s only two or three times a season.

“We’ve had some great games against Leeds. We’ve not always won them but they’re usually hard-fought and good games, and that’s what you want.

“This weekend has been teed up nicely, the form of the teams and in both camps there are players in good form, there are some head-to-head battles which will dictate which way this one goes.”

Warriors go into the game on the back of 10 victories.

Many of those have been whitewashes but O’Loughlin reckons Leeds will be a different challenge.

He added: ”We’ve been playing well at the minute but we’ve not had too many of these close-fought matches.

“These are the types of games you expect at the back end of the season when you’re not scoring too many tries, when the margins are close, and you’re playing until the last minute to get the win or hang on to the win.”