Opposition in focus: Castleford Tigers

Picture by John Clifton/SWpix.com - 01/07/2022 - Rugby League - Betfred Super League Round 17 - Castleford Tigers v Huddersfield Giants - the Mend A Hose Jungle, Castleford, England - Castleford Tigers' Jake Mamo celebrates scoring a try

Magic Weekend is back for 2022 and St James’ Park will once again play host to the annual two-day festival that sees all twelve Super League teams take to the field. Fresh from a convincing win over Hull FC last time out, Leeds Rhinos take on Castleford Tigers in an all Yorkshire clash to close out the Saturday matches, kick off 7pm.

Read more about Saturday opponents below:


Team Name: Castleford Tigers

Home Ground: Mend-A-Hose Jungle

Founded: 1926

Head Coach: Lee Radford

Club Captain: Paul McShane

Number of signings for 2022: Eight

Grand Final/Championship wins: None

League Leaders’ Shield wins: 2017

Last major trophy: League Leaders’ Shield 2017

Leading try scorer vs Leeds: Greg Eden (14 tries)

Leading points scorer vs Leeds: Luke Gale (117 points)

Number of Magic Weekend Wins: Nine (4 vs Wakefield, 2 vs Leeds, 1 vs Catalans, Warrington and Salford)

Last Five Magic Weekend Results


Won 34-14

St James’ Park, Newcastle


Leeds Rhinos

Won 29-18

St James’ Park, Newcastle


Leeds Rhinos

Won 38-10

St James’ Park, Newcastle


Lost 36-16

Anfield, Liverpool


Won 29-18

St James’ Park, Newcastle

2022 Squad Numbers

Last Magic Weekend Clash

When the Magic Weekend returned in 2021, after the festival was cancelled in 2020, Castleford opened the Saturday fixtured with a clash against Salford.

Peter Mata’utia ran the show for the Tigers with a try and five goals in a superb individual performance, while Paul McShane, Daniel Smith, Oliver Holmes and Jordan Turner also crossed the try line before Turner’s drop goal sealed an important win.

Ken Sio, Joe Burgess and Ata Hingano responded for the Red Devils, who came into the weekend full of confidence, as Richard Marshall’s side bowed out of the Play Off picture.


Last Meeting vs Leeds at Magic Weekend

Leeds and Castleford last clashed at Magic Weekend in 2018 as the Tigers took away a convincing 38-10 result.

Having lost their matchup earlier in the season by one point, the Rhinos couldn’t avenge the result as Daryl Powell’s Tigers proved too strong. Young prop Mikolaj Oledzki wowed the crowd as he made an impressive solo break to score one of the tries of the season, while Brett Ferres could only manage Leeds’ other try at St James’ Park.

Ticket and Travel Information

Both tickets and travel are still available to buy now ahead of Saturday’s Magic Weekend clash with Castleford.


Full price tickets for both the day and weekend and coach travel can be purchased via the following methods: 

  • Online at tickets.therhinos.co.uk (24 hours a day, 7 days a week) 
  • Over the phone on 0371 423 1315 (Monday – Friday, Opening Hours: 10.30am-3.30pm) 
  • In person at the Club Shop at Headingley Stadium (Monday – Saturday, Opening Hours:  10am-4pm) 

Not got your limited edition Magic shirt either? Head of to our official online shop to kit yourself out.

For more information about the event, click here.