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Leeds Rhinos v Wigan Warriors, Saturday 21st May, kick off 7pm

13th May 2016

By Leeds Rhinos

Leeds Rhinos travel to Newcastle United’s St James Park next Saturday to face Wigan Warriors at the Dacia Magic Weekend and tickets and travel are on sale now.

This is the last ticket allocation available at St James’ Park, so fans are encouraged to be quick to secure their seat for next weekend’s Rugby League carnival.
 
Ticket sales look to beat the success of last year’s debut year in the North East – level 7 Category 3 tickets have now been made available for Saturday ONLY. 
 
Dacia Magic Weekend is the only chance fans have to witness some of First Utility Super League’s biggest games over one weekend at one venue.
 
Newcastle will once again be transformed into Rugby League’s ultimate summer venue offering up more entertainment, more food and more action all weekend.
 
As well as the excitement on the pitch, supporters will be treated to the Fan Zone hosted by Rugby AM – open on both days on Strawberry Place.
 
The atmosphere continues inside the stadium with our headline act, Conquer Rio, who will be keeping the party going all weekend alongside our host and popular TV personality, Mike McClean.
 
Tickets for the 2016 Magic Weekend at St. James’ Park, Newcastle are on sale and day tickets are priced from £25 for adults and £12.50 for concessions. Weekend tickets are also available from £40 for adults and £20 for concessions but remember that if you are a Leeds Rhinos member you can save 50% on your ticket when you buy direct from the club this offer is valid until 5PM on Thursday 19th May 2016. Call in at the club shop today or call 0371 423 1315 or go online to www.therhinos.co.uk/buytickets Please note, as per RFL policy we can not refund or exchange tickets once purchased.
 
We are also offering official travel to the Dacia Magic Weekend. There are two travel options:
·         Same day return on both days, to watch all 6 games is only £35 per person!
·         For all three on the Saturday only, including the Leeds Rhinos v Wigan Warriors match, same day return is priced at £20.
NB The season ticket holder travel vouchers are not valid for this event.
 
Coaches will depart from the West Park Leeds Rugby Club, Bramhope – (due to England Cricket 5 day Test against Sri Lanka and Kirkstall Training Ground being unavailable due to construction works) on the Saturday at 10am and on the Sunday at 9.30am.  Car parking is available on site but cars must not be left overnight.
On both days coaches will leave Newcastle approximately 45 minutes after the final whistle of the last match. The address for the departure venue is as follows:
West Park Leeds Rugby Club,
Clubhouse,
The Sycamores,
Leeds,
West Yorkshire,
LS16 9JR
 
The Official Hotel Supplier for Magic Weekend, HotelPlanner.com, have secured the best available rates from Magic Weekend fans across the city. To book, click here – Hotel Planner Hotel Portal. 
 
The 2016 Magic Weekend schedule is as follows:
 
Saturday May 21
2.30pm – Salford Red Devils v Widnes Vikings
4.45pm – Castleford Tigers v Warrington Wolves
7.00pm – Leeds Rhinos v Wigan Warriors
 
Sunday May 22
1.00pm – Catalans Dragons v Wakefield Trinity Wildcats
3.15pm – Huddersfield Giants v St Helens
5.30pm – Hull FC v Hull Kingston Rovers

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Wigan Warriors 40 Leeds Rhinos 8

21st May 2016

By Leeds Rhinos

Leeds Rhinos lost out to Wigan Warriors at the Dacia Magic Weekend at St James’ Park with a try in each half from Kallum Watkins and Mitch Achurch to show for the Rhinos efforts.

Leeds Rhinos were dealt a blow before the game with Rob Burrow (calf), Mitch Garbutt (back) and Brett Delaney (hamstring) all ruled out. That meant 19-year-old Sam Hallas was drafted into the squad for his debut having captained the Under 19 side this season.
 
Last year’s Grand Final rematch brought down the curtain on the first day of the Dacia Magic Weekend but both teams arrived at St James’ Park out of form looking for a morale boosting win.
 
Leeds got off to a great start having withstood the early Wigan pressure. Keith Galloway bumped off a tackle and offloaded to Jordan Lilley. The young half fed the ball wide and Kallum Watkins finished well out wide. Lilley missed his conversion attempt from near the touchline but the Rhinos led 4-0 after nine minutes.
 
Wigan hit back six minutes later following a penalty in midfield. George Williams released Willie Isa and, despite the efforts of Zak Hardaker, the Warriors man was able to get the ball down. Matty Smith added the conversion to edge his side in front.
 
Shaun Wane’s side then extended their lead when Hardaker spilled a high kick and Lilley had no option to pick up the loose ball in an offside position ten metres from his own line. Leeds defended their line manfully but Williams’ grubber kick was timed to perfection for Isa to collect and score in the same movement. Smith was on target again to put his side 12-4 in front.
 
Leeds did not go into their shell after that double set back and continued to attack the Wigan line. Brett Ferres nearly put Jimmy Keinhorst away with a great offload, Jamie Jones-Buchanan was adjudged to have been held up over the line after going from dummy half and Watkins was denied a second try when the officials said he was over the dead ball line when he grounded a through kick.
 
The Rhinos thought they had hit back when skipper Danny McGuire stretched out to score but video referee Ben Thaler was called upon for the first time to confirm the on field decision by stand in referee Joe Cobb, after he had replaced the injured Robert Hicks after Wigan’s second try.
 
Leeds will have been disappointed with the margin at half time as they went in 12-4 down but they endured a nightmare start to the second half that took the game beyond them. Two high kicks struck the lethal blow. The first was spilled by Ash Handley as he jumped high to collect, Wigan reacted immediately and George Williams took the pass before cutting back inside to evade the cover and score.
 
Then Dominic Manfredi, as he did at Old Trafford last October, showed his strength by challenging Handley in the air before ripping the ball from his grasp and grounding it. Smith converted the former to give his side a 22-4 lead.
 
That took the wind out of the Rhinos sails and they were forced to defend for a sustained period after that. Leeds then broke clear with a great opportunity through the impressive Keinhorst, who passed back inside to McGuire, unfortunately the skippers offload to Hardaker went to ground and the chance was gone.
 
Wigan then crossed for a fifth try through prop Ben Flower. He appeared to have been stopped on the line but a juggle of the ball and a second effort eventually saw him promote the ball forward and referee Cobb awarded the try without consultation upstairs. Smith’s conversion made it 28-4.
 
Leeds then had Hardaker sin binned for interference after a break by Sam Tomkins however the 12 men responded in great fashion and crafted a fine try through Mitch Achurch. The forward had earlier broke clear down the touchline and when he took Adam Cuthbertson’s offload there was no stopping him as he held off Gildart and galloped in to score in the corner to make it 28-8.
 
Wigan however killed off any unlikely fightback hopes with two late tries through Gildart and Sarginson.
 

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