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Catalans Dragons v Leeds Rhinos Sunday 3rd May kick off 5pm

27th April 2009

By Leeds Rhinos

Leeds Rhinos will take on Catalans Dragons this Sunday in the penultimate game of the Magic Weekend with tickets available on the day for fans to purchase.

Tickets for the Magic Weekend which takes place at Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh this Saturday and Sunday (2 and 3 May) will be available right up until the kick off of Warrington Wolves and Hull KR – the seventh and final fixture of the event.
The RFL will continue to sell tickets through its 0871 226 13 13 Box Office until Thursday at 5pm at which point supporters wishing to attend the event will either have to purchase via www.rugbyleaguetickets.co.uk or the Murrayfield Stadium ticket office.

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Located behind the East Stand at Murrayfield, the ticket office will be open from 9am until 7pm on both Saturday and Sunday.

Tickets for the weekend start from £25 for adults and £10 for concessions. Day tickets are also available. 

Any supporters who have purchased tickets from the RFL after 12pm on Wednesday 29 April will also have to collect their tickets from the East Stand ticket office.

The Magic Weekend will take place over the May Bank Holiday weekend (2/3 May) at Edinburgh’s Murrayfield Stadium.

Seven matches will take place over the two days: (Saturday 2 May): Salford City Reds v Harlequins RL, Wakefield Trinity Wildcats v Bradford Bulls, Wigan Warriors v St Helens.

(Sunday 3 May): Huddersfield v Celtic Crusaders, Hull FC v Castleford Tigers, Catalans Dragons v Leeds Rhinos, Warrington Wolves v Hull Kingston Rovers.

To purchase tickets please call 0871 226 1313 or visit www.rugbyleaguetickets.co.uk. For more information on the Magic Weekend click here  to visit our special section on the website to answer all your questions. 

For event information, please visit www.themagicweekend.co.uk

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Catalans Dragons 16 Leeds Rhinos 36

3rd May 2009

By Leeds Rhinos

The Rhinos got back to winning ways at Murrayfield and they did it with a commanding first half showing when they led 30-0 at the break.

Both teams sprung surprises when they named their starting line up. For Leeds, former Australian Test hooker Danny Buderus was named in the starting XIII for the first time since his move to Headingley Carnegie and captain Kevin Sinfield started at stand off with Danny McGuire amongst the replacements.

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For Catalans, Greg Bird was named as captain despite having only joined up with his team mates in Edinburgh after flying back from Australia for his court appearance earlier in the week.

The Rhinos looked like they had made a perfect start after eight minutes when a piece of quick thinking by Lee Smith looked like it had set Scott Donald up for the opening try of the game. Smith, back in the team after injury, came in for a man and ball tackle on Adam Mogg but the ball got knocked down in the process and Smith popped a pass through his legs to Donald who raced through untouched to score. However, Thierry Alibert referred the decision to video ref Ben Thaler who ruled out the score saying that Smith had knocked on initially.

However, three minutes later the Rhinos were in front when Ryan Hall crossed for his 12th try of the season. The chance was created by a towering bomb from Rob Burrow in to the setting sun and Vincent Duport lost sight of the ball allowing Hall to race through and leap to catch the kick and touch down. Kevin Sinfield added the conversion to make it 6-0.

Buderus gave a signal of his intent with an early break but it was not heeded by the Dragons and the next time he got a half chance he created the second try. Bursting through from dummy half, he wriggled out of an attempted tackle and offloading to Burrow to score between the posts. Sinfield added the conversion to make it 12 after 16 minutes.

The Rhinos were in complete command of the game and it was only a question of time before they extended their lead further however few in the crowd could have expected the devastating run of three tries in eight minutes which effectively ended the game as a contest. 

Jamie Peacock crossed for his side’s third try after 26 minutes following a clever move between him and Sinfield close to the Catalans line. Then Jamie Jones-Buchanan burst through the cover defence five minutes later just inside the Catalans half, initially throwing a dummy to draw the last man in before offloading one handed to Brent Webb to score. 

Finally the pick of the bunch came straight from the re-start. Having taken the kick on the right, the Rhinos moved the ball across field quickly and a one handed offload by Ali Lauitiiti released Hall on half way and then it was just a foot race as to whether he would get to the line before the cover, He did and Kevin Sinfield added his fifth conversion to make it 30-0 after 34 minutes. 

Trailing by a heavy margin at half time, Catalans were gifted a try inside the first minute of the second half when Ian Kirke lost control of a short pass in traffic and Kane Bentley picked up the loose ball and went over from 30 metres out to score between the posts. Gregory Mounis added the conversion to make it 30-6.

The Rhinos were given a further scare after 46 minutes when Olivier Elima cut through two attempted tackles 25 metres out before rounding Webb to score between the posts. Mounis was on target again to cut the Rhinos lead to 30-12. 

Ryan Hall had to produce a smart piece of defence to deny the Dragons a third try just after the hour mark. A cross field kick by Casey McGuire fell into the arms of Duport but Hall did not commit himself to the kick and was able to take the man and ball on the last tackle to force the turnover.

The Rhinos managed to settle any nerves with 13 minutes to go when Scott Donald latched onto a loose offload 20 metres from the Catalans line to score an interception try. Sinfield added the conversion to make it 36-12.

Catalans had a late chance for a consolation try but Duport was hunted down by Keith Senior and Brent Webb and the chance went begging. However, the Frenchmen did have the last word when Casey McGuire managed to stretch for the line as he got through the attempted tackle of Luke Burgess to score. Mounis missed the conversion to leave the final score 36-16.

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