Paul Anderson says it’s crucial his Huddersfield Giants side put on a performance befitting the setting when they face Catalans Dragons in Sunday’s Magic Weekend meeting at St James’ Park.
The coach visited Newcastle United's stadium on Tuesday to help promote the six-match extravaganza which has been switched from Manchester and is set to attract more than 60,000 fans over the two days, with around 20% of tickets sold to Geordies.
Anderson’s first priority is to extend his fourth-placed team’s five-match unbeaten Super League run – it started with a 38-14 home win over Catalans – and make it 11 points from a possible 12.
But he also wants to provide some entertainment.
“I’m a big fan of anything which helps promote our game, and Magic Weekend certainly does that,” he said.
“I know a lot of tickets have been sold to locals, and as Newcastle is a sports-mad city, I think they will like what we have to offer.
“As far as venues go, it’s top notch, a Premier League stadium and all that goes with it.
“There’s a lot of history about the ground, you sense that as soon as you see the Sir Bobby Robson statue, the facilities are excellent and it’s a really good surface.
“Now we have to make sure we perform and maintain our recent form.
There are eight games left before the Super League and Championship split into groups of eight, and Anderson added: “We are getting there, in terms of the first phase of the season at least.
“With the way the Magic Weekend fixtures fall, there’s the potential for some teams to pull away but also for the competition to tighten up, so it’s going to be a very interesting couple of days and a round of games I am looking forward to.”