Leuluai looking ahead to Magic Weekend

Leuluai looking ahead to Magic Weekend widnesvikings.co.uk

17th May 2018

Widnes Vikings forward MacGraff Leuluai says that the Vikings can take heart from their recent performance against Leeds Rhinos, and are confident of delivering the goods ahead of their Dacia Magic Weekend clash against St Helens.

The forward has made seven appearances from the substitutes bench for Denis Betts’ side this season and hopes that their performance against the Rhinos can be a sign of better things to come.

“We haven’t had a few results later but we’re feeling quietly confident,” MacGraff said. “It’s a big stage and everyone’s ready for it; the atmosphere is going to be great so everyone’s ready to turn up.

“Against Leeds, we didn’t get the result, but the effort was there, and the boys were really putting it [the hard work] in; we were just unlucky to come away with that loss in the end.

“Now, we're coming into the clash against Saints. They're a big team and it’s going to be really tough, but we are confident.”

The Vikings have been boosted by the possible returns to action of half-back Joe Mellor and utility back Danny Craven, following their absence in recent games due to injury.

MacGraff believes that their returns are very helpful for the Vikings as they go up against the table-toppers in front of a packed crowd at St James Park.

“Joe is a class player. He can score tries from nothing, so having players like that back is really going to add to our squad,” said the 28-year old.

“We’ve just got to go out there [against St Helens] with our own game plan and try and stick to it.”

On the impact that the travelling Vikings support can have on Saturday afternoon, Leuluai said: “The atmosphere in a game can get you through, so seeing all the fans there can really inspire us. We hope we can get the win for them.

“Our fans are always good, and they bring the atmosphere whereever they go. We can always hear them singing right throughout the game, so it’s going to be class.”

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