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Wigan Warriors v Leeds Rhinos, Saturday 17th May, Etihad Stadium

8th May 2014

By Leeds Rhinos

After their pulsating clash at Headingley Carnegie, fans of Leeds and Wigan will not have to wait long to see their sides go head to head again as they meet in just two rounds at the Magic Weekend at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester.

Seven extraordinary matches, 14 elite clubs, one world class venue – it can only be the Super League Magic Weekend, which returns to the Etihad Stadium, Manchester on Saturday May 17 and Sunday May 18 2014.

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Magic Weekend 2014 features four matches on the Saturday and three on the Sunday at the home of Manchester City, which plays host to the event for the third successive year.
 

The upper tier of the East Stand at Etihad Stadium has been opened for the opening day of Magic Weekend to meet the massive demand for tickets from Rugby League fans.
 

A further 2,500 tickets have gone on sale for the sporting spectacular which sees a full round of First Utility Super League fixtures played at one venue over two days on May 17 and 18.

All hospitality packages for Saturday have already sold out and general Magic Weekend tickets across both days are continuing to sell strongly, with extremely limited availability on the Saturday.

"Following consultation with the clubs and the stadium we have taken the decision to open the East Stand upper tier on the Saturday for the first time due to demand," said Super League Marketing Director Mark Foster. "The opening day of the event is already guaranteed to be the best-attended Saturday in Magic Weekend history.

"Rugby League World Cup 2013 really showed how sporting fans enjoy the great experience major Rugby League events provide and the legacy from that can be seen in strong Magic Weekend ticket sales.

"Magic Weekend has captured the imagination of the sporting public once again and the extra tickets we have made available will ensure that as many fans as possible can experience what is now established as one of the highlights of the Rugby League calendar."

The home of Manchester City hosts four matches on the Saturday May 17 commencing with Catalan Dragons v London Broncos at 12.30pm and followed by Widnes Vikings v Salford Red Devils at 2.45pm. The city of Hull then takes centre stage from 5.00pm with Hull Kingston Rovers v Hull FC before Super League leaders Leeds Rhinos and defending champions Wigan Warriors bring a memorable day to a close with a 7.15pm kick-off.

Sunday starts with two big West Yorkshire derbies, Castleford Tigers v Wakefield Trinity Wildcats at 12.30pm and Bradford Bulls v Huddersfield Giants at 2.45pm and concludes with Warrington Wolves v St Helens at 5.00pm.

Tickets in the East Stand upper tier at Magic Weekend on Saturday May 17 cost £20 for adults and £10 for concessions. Tickets for Sunday May 18 costs from £25 for adults and £12.50 for concessions: weekend tickets cost from £40 (£20 concessions) and can be purchased by calling the 24-hour Rugby League Ticket Hotline on 0844 856 1113 or by visiting www.rugbyleaguetickets.co.uk.

Rhinos Season Ticket Holders, Flexi Pack Members, Supporter Members and Rhinos 4 Life members will receive 50% off their own Magic Weekend ticket – this offer is valid until 12noon on Wednesday 14th May but this offer is only available from the Rhinos direct and not via the RFL.

Tickets (full price and discounted) and travel are available either through the Ticket Office on 0871 423 1315 (calls are charged at 10p per minute – calls from mobiles may vary), at the Leeds Rugby Store at Headingley Carnegie Stadium or online at www.therhinos.co.uk/buytickets. Members can only obtain their 50% by inputting their customer number online.

    Top Tier Reserved Seating
Category   Adult * Concession**
Daily Regular £20 £10
Season Ticket £10 £5

* Adult includes ambulant disabled supporters who are also entitled to a free carer upon production of care component or carer allowance.
** Concession = senior 65 and over, students upon production of a valid student card, serving military (with valid identification) and juniors 16 and under
NB Children under 2 are free however they must obtain a match ticket – you can only obtain these by contacting the Leeds Rugby Ticket Sales Office.

The fixtures are as follows:
 
Saturday May 17
12.30pm – London Broncos v Catalan Dragons
2.45pm – Widnes Vikings v Salford City Reds
5pm – Hull Kingston Rovers v Hull FC
7.15pm – Wigan Warriors v Leeds Rhinos

Sunday May 18
12.30pm – Wakefield Trinity Wildcats v Castleford Tigers
2.45pm – Huddersfield Giants v Bradford Bulls
5pm – Warrington Wolves v St Helens
 
Magic Weekend Travel – Saturday and Sunday
 
Travel is available as follows for Magic Weekend:

  • Same day return on both days, to watch all 7 games is only £25 per person!
  • For all four on the Saturday only, including the Leeds Rhinos v Wigan Warriors match, same day return is priced at £15. 

NB The season ticket holder travel voucher are not valid for this event.
 
Coaches will depart from Headingley Carnegie Stadium on the Saturday at 10am and on the Sunday at 10am. On both days coaches will leave Manchester approximately 45 minutes after the final whistle of the last match.
 
Tickets (full price and discounted) and travel are available either through the Ticket Office on 0871 423 1315 (calls are charged at 10p per minute – calls from mobiles may vary), at the Leeds Rugby Store at Headingley Carnegie Stadium or online at www.therhinos.co.uk/buytickets. Members can only obtain their 50% by inputting their customer number online. 

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Leeds Rhinos 14 Wigan Warriors 18

17th May 2014

By Leeds Rhinos

Leeds Rhinos fought back from 18-4 down but could not snatch victory against Wigan at Etihad Stadium despite two tries from Ryan Hall.

With the two sides having met a fortnight earlier, this was always going to be a cagey affair given the familiarity between the two teams.

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Leeds enjoyed early dominance of possession and territory but, despite Mitch Achurch and Kylie Leuluai going close, they could not break down some impressive goal line defence from Wigan.

Having withstood that pressure Wigan then produced some clinical counter attacking through Dan Sarginson and Joe Burgess to take play down the other end of the field. Anthony Gelling was first to get to a cross field kick but he could only palm it forward, however he reacted quickly to regather the ball before it hit the ground and went in for the opening try. Matty Smith added the conversion and then a subsequent penalty to give his side an 8-0 lead after twenty minutes.

Leeds had a try disallowed for Zak Hardaker soon after, referee Ben Thaler adjudging a forward final pass. The referee was then called into action again soon after when McGuire was taken out of the ball with a push to the back. It sparked a bout of pushing and shoving and Leeds were awarded a penalty. When Jamie Peacock took the ball in, Wigan skipper Michael McIlorum produced a high tackle on the Leeds man which was the signal for an all in wrestling match. McIlorum was sin binned whilst John Bateman and Ryan Bailey were both shown yellow for their part in the ensuing row.

The Rhinos responded to the foul play in the right manner as they kept the ball alive and an offload from Ablett along the ground found Ryan Hall and he scored in the corner. Sinfield was unable to add the conversion from the touchline but the lead had been halfed.

Both teams had further chances after that but it was Wigan who were decisive when they gained a penalty on half way. They kept the pressure on Leeds and when Blake Green spotted a gap, he raced through to score in the corner. Smith was unable to add the conversion but his side lead 12-4 at the break.

After such a pulsating first half, it would have been hard for both teams to keep up the momentum in the second period. The opening exchanges were cagey from both teams with neither side chancing their arm however Wigan looked to have scored a crucial third try when McIlorum took an inside ball and crashed over next to the post. Smith added the simple conversion to give his side an 18-4 lead.

Leeds were left with a mountain to climb after that but they hit back with a try from Carl Ablett after a mazy run from Hardaker across the line before Ablett took the pass and cut back across Bowen to score. Sinfield added the conversion to give his side hope at 18-10.

The lead was cut further when Joel Moon produced a sensational offload to Hall to put him at the corner with 15 minutes to go. Leeds thought they had snatched a dramatic victory with three minutes to go when Moon collected Sinfield’s kick but the decision went to video referee Phil Bentham, and after a lengthy look, he adjudged Moon had knocked on in midair and ruled the score out.

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