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Leeds Rhinos v Bradford Bulls, Sunday 27th May, 4pm

21st May 2012

By Leeds Rhinos

Next up for the Rhinos is a trip to Manchester to take on Bradford Bulls in the penultimate game of the 2012 Magic Weekend at Etihad Stadium.

The 2012 Magic Weekend has a fun-filled line-up of entertainment and activities for the whole Rugby League family when the event debuts at Manchester’s Etihad Stadium this weekend (May 26 and 27).

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The fun starts in the Fanzone with an area filled with inflatable games and features two top magicians who will be ready to amaze and bewilder with their sleight of hand tricks to keep the audience guessing. Some of the region’s best unsigned music acts will be providing the soundtrack in City Square Fanzone, hosted by MC Pete Pinnington of Wire FM.

Fans can also come face to face with the specially branded Stobart Super League trailers, which feature a player from each of the 14 clubs who will be in action over Magic Weekend. The trailers and a number of trucks from the title sponsors will form part of Stobart Fest, a celebration of the country’s most famous logistics company.

Inside the stadium, all 14 Stobart Super League mascots are on hand to keep the crowd captivated with a pre-match dance-off between rivals along with the return of the popular Mascot Games to decide the best club mascot.

Rugby League fans can also have their photograph taken with the Stobart Super League trophy which will be situated on the first floor of the official club shop at Etihad Stadium on both days.

A new initiative for this year sees Rugby League supporters taking over the big screen through the power of social media to showcase their photographs and messages of support through a live feed using the hashtag ‘magicweekend’.

Commenting on the entertainment, RFL Marketing Director Matt Lowery said: “This event has always offered fun and entertainment for the whole family, both inside and outside the stadium, and Magic Weekend 2012 is on course to be the best yet.

“From the thrilling action featuring the 14 Super League clubs to the Fanzone in City Square, the Etihad Stadium and the surrounding area will be filled with exciting entertainment for Rugby League supporters to enjoy a jam-packed Magic Weekend.

“We believe the Stobart Super League Magic Weekend will provide a whole weekend of family fun and we would encourage all supporters to secure their seats now.”

Other planned activities include the Heinz Big Soup Pass, Punt and Kick game, Irn Bru’s Crossbar Challenge and plenty of big screen action, all of which guarantee it will be another Magic Weekend to remember.

Leeds Rhinos have now sold out of the unreserved seating day and weekend tickets for the Magic Weekend. There has been an overwhelming take up on tickets as we have last than two weeks prior to the big event.

There is still availability for reserved seating day and weekend tickets. Leeds Rhinos strongly recommend all fans who have not yet purchased their tickets but are planning on attending the big event, to get in touch with the ticket office on 0871 423 1315 (calls are charged at 10p per min – calls from mobiles may vary), come down to the Leeds Rugby Ticket Sales Office at Headingley Carnegie Stadium or buy online at www.therhinos.co.uk/buytickets and buy now so as not to miss out!!!!

Return travel is available on both days! The options are:-

• Same day return on both days, to watch all 7 games is only £25 per person!
• For all four on the Sunday only, including the Bradford Bulls v Leeds Rhinos 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 from Car Park F on the Saturday at 10am and on the Sunday at 9am. On both days coaches will leave Manchester approximately 45 minutes after the final whistle of the last match.

Day tickets for the Magic Weekend are selling fast and cost from just £30 adult and £15 concession. Tickets for the full weekend cost from just £45 adult and £22.50 concessions and are available by calling 0844 856 1113 or by visiting www.rugbyleaguetickets.co.uk.

The 2012 Magic Weekend schedule in full is:

Saturday May 26

1.00pm – Castleford Tigers v Wakefield Trinity Wildcats

4.00pm – Warrington Wolves v Widnes Vikings

7.00pm – Hull FC v Hull KR

Sunday May 27

12.00pm – Catalan Dragons v London Broncos

2.00pm – Huddersfield Giants v Salford City Reds

4.00pm – Bradford Bulls v Leeds Rhinos

6.00pm – St Helens v Wigan Warriors

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Leeds Rhinos 37 Bradford Bulls 22

27th May 2012

By Leeds Rhinos

Five tries from Danny McGuire helped the Rhinos to a hard earned 37-22 win over Bradford Bulls to take them back into the top eight.

Leeds Rhinos were looking to continue their unbeaten record at the Magic Weekend and avenge their defeat earlier this season at Odsal against a determined Bulls outfit.

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Following Hull KR's dramatic last minute win over Hull FC 24 hours earlier, the Rhinos had dropped out of the top eight before kick off with two games in hand.

Leeds welcomed back Richard Moore on the bench for Darrell Griffin whilst Shaun Lunt started at hooker with Rob Burrow set to make an impact off the bench.

The Bulls had lost Craig Kopczak in the first play of the game and also fallen behind when McGuire took in Kylie Leuluai's third-minute pass, but rallied sufficiently to go ahead thanks to Elliott Whitehead's close-range barge and Ben Jeffries' show-and-go.

And, when Jamie Peacock failed to grab Luke Gale's wind-assisted kick, ex-Rhino Matt Diskin was on-hand to score although replays suggested he may have knocked on in the process.

If the Bulls were lucky to get that try then fortunes were levelled out in the 23rd minute, when McGuire took in a forward-looking ball from Brent Webb before slipping the attentions of Gale to score.

And then, as has so often been the case throughout their almost identical 10-year careers with Leeds, McGuire and Rob Burrow linked up to devastating effect. Burrow broke through in his own half and burst clear before passing to McGuire, who evaded Pryce to score.

Perfect conversion records from Gale and Kevin Sinfield ensured the scores were level at 18-all heading into the break, but that changed in the 47th minute, with McGuire doing the business again.

Sinfield was the creator this time, throwing a dummy on the back of a Richard Moore offload.

As if to show he was human, McGuire was unable to ground the ball at full stretch in the 55th minute, while there was concern when Watkins had to be helped from the field with 20 minutes remaining.

Pryce was denied a try soon after when the replay showed Jamie Peacock had had the ball stolen in the tackle.

But knowing they needed to pull clear to be safe, Leeds did just that. Sinfield took a high ball and had the vision to take a quick tap. He set Ryan Hall free and he showed great power and strength to break out of two tackles and continue to make metres up field. Leeds were on the front foot and McGuire sent Ablett over the line down the opposite wing.

Sinfield split the posts with a drop goal and then McGuire took in a Webb pass for his fifth – becoming the first Leeds player to do so since Hall against Castleford three years ago.

There was still time for a try from Elliot Kear, but it was little more than a consolation for Bradford.

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