Highlights from the 2017 magic weekend. Wigan v Warrington, St Helens v Hull FC, Castleford v Leeds, Salford v Leigh Centurions, Widnes v Wakefield and Huddersfield v Catalans.
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Hello, we are back in Newcastle, where the football team is back
in the Premier League.
But for now, it is all about rugby league and the Magic Weekend.
Oh, he is over, they have won it.
And the try is given.
Look at the face here.
What a finish.
It is a happy tenth birthday to the Magic Weekend,
and this is how it works, it is Round 14 of the Super League
season and all the fixtures are played here at St James' Park.
The regular two competition points are on offer to the winner,
with three games on Saturday and three more on Sunday.
Joining us for the weekend, is Iestyn Harris.
Iestyn, you played in a Magic Weekend, you coached one,
how different is it for the clubs?
It is very difficult, to focus your players in, you know,
being both player and a coach, because there is a lot
of things going on.
You come to the game, and generally there is a game,
as there is behind us, now that's going on, how do
you focus, keep the guys really key to getting their preparations right?
And that's a challenge for all the coaches,
but it's a great event.
It's been growing and growing for a large number of years,
we are in the tenth one now, it's an exciting concept for the
fans and everybody involved with it.
You say it's growing, but ticket sales, they are predicting not
as good as previous years.
A lot of people in the game saying why not have a nines
competition, what do you think?
I think a nines competition would be terrific, I think that could be
a real plus for the game.
If you look at other sports and how they develop,
cricket, for example, going to Twenty20 and making a fast
paced game, which has been done in the NRL,
working with the nines.
I think that would work very well.
Whether they change the concept, we will have to wait and see,
but certainly there's a big talk about moving away from Newcastle
to a different ground.
It will be interesting what they do there, because I think it is key
to the importance of this being in a city centre,
where fans can come in and out of the stadium, enjoy the rugby,
but go out and experience the atmosphere outside
the ground as well.
The headline match on day one was Wigan against Warrington.
These two met in the Grand Final last year and they will meet
in the Challenge Cup next month.
Watching this one is Dave Woods.
Here is McIlorum.
And what a position Wigan find themselves in here.
Shifting across that left-hand side, Williams with a step back inside,
but he's held onto and he has the pass away.
Nuuausala is not going much further.
It's a ball over the top.
Which has just evaded the winger.
Marshall is the man to make the most of it.
He loves playing against Warrington.
It's his fifth try against them in two games.
Real determination, just going to be held up short.
In fact, he has lost the ball.
Clark picks it up.
Well, he sniped in there when he saw the opportunity.
Is it a try?
He thinks so.
So have a look at this.
The ball is ripped out.
And it has gone backwards as the referee says.
Hits the head of Farrell on the floor.
So all good from that point of view, it is a clean pick up,
it's a clean touchdown.
And it is a try for Warrington.
Well done Darrell Clark.
Oh, Marshall with the intercept.
We know he has pace, but he's also got company.
From this near side, he will be chased down
but he will not be caught.
And Marshall in for his second.
It's a long buster length of field but it is a moment of celebration.
L with the intercept.
Quickly away and finds the gap here does Russell.
He has Ratchford in support.
Ratchford unable to take them on for pace.
But that have the momentum here and they have a penalty.
Lewis Tierney holding down.
It is a yellow card.
It's a yellow card for the professional foul here.
And he was hanging on and hanging on and now he has to go.
Farrell to his left, so was O'Loughlin, runs
into Kevin Brown but Brown does the job.
It's another chance.
Marshall might have a hat-trick here.
Well they are having a look.
He thinks it is a try.
Marshall picks up.
Is there a bubble there?
Has he hit the line?
Crucially on the field he says try.
The try is given.
It's a hat-trick for Marshall.
It's seven in two games against Warrington.
That is clever by Brown, it is well read by Ratchford,
Ratchford pushing away, and swerving away,
what a wonderfully crafted try that is from Warrington.
Really neat stuff.
He has done well to keep that ball alive.
It is Clark.
Despite the three defenders he has made some decent yardage.
Creates the space.
Over to Lineham on that left-hand side.
They will have to have another look.
The touch judge.
And the referee.
They are going to go upstairs again.
So what kind of a job has Lineham done here?
Have a look at that left boot.
That is clearly still in the field of play, that is a wonderful
finish by Tom Lineham.
Really good winger's finish.
Spun left, six taggle.
Spun left, six tackle.
Will have a go here.
Brown tries to keep it alive.
Wigan drop on it.
Knocked on by McIlorum.
There is a bit afters here between Gidley and McIlorum.
And the referee can blow all he likes.
They are angry there, they were having a go.
McIlorum clearly unhappy with the way Gidley tried
to complete the tackle.
Gidley is unhappy with the response.
That looked a little high from Shaun O'Loughlin.
Stepping away, and it was high.
Right around the neck of Kevin Brown.
So Ratchford with a very kickable attempt here,
they are edging closer to victory are Warrington, with
another two points.
That's a kick through, was Burgess impeded there?
Ratchford gets across.
Yes, he was.
Penalty for Wigan.
Well, they still have a wonderful opportunity here, Wigan.
It's well struck, it hits the post but it bounces in.
And there is some joy still to be had from those in cherry and white.
He has done well to get that away to Julien.
Julien is not tackled so he is going to carry on.
Wigan's defence has to be smart.
Gidley, back to Brown.
Shows it to two, opposites to Ratchford, Ratchford
to this right-hand side.
Hughes cuts in and against his former team, Jack Hughes with a try,
that might just seal the win here for Warrington.
They are delighted, with every reason.
This is going to be it.
Last play, last chance for Wigan.
Game running away from them.
Last tackle now.
Clock's running down.
So it's a big hit and hope.
Up it goes, look at that score.
Burgess has it.
To draw them level, at 24 points apiece.
But we are having another look.
They ain't going to confirm it yet.
The Magic Weekend is littered with moments like this, that have
gone unchecked in the past.
They absolutely have to have another look here.
It looks to be onside.
There is nothing wrong with the leap.
If he touches down, the Wigan end will erupt here.
He has touched down.
He thinks it's a try and he is right to think it is.
24 points apiece.
With a kick to come.
All eyes on Williams, has he got it?
Has he snatched the victory?
No, he's not.
It goes just wide, but what a game.
It goes just wide, but what a game.
To get in a position we could have won and then you don't, yes,
it is disappointing.
I am sure Wigan feel the same as well.
They got in a position where they could have won the game
and allowed us back in, and, you know, we did that
in the last couple of minutes.
I have just thought out, I don't know that we deserved to win today.
I'm not suggesting that for a second, but it's disappointing
when you have worked to get an opportunity to win
and then you blow it, and I thought we blew it.
I am really disappointed, really gutted, really
pleased with the effort, but effort is not enough,
I want to win these games, and Warrington are a great team,
but I thought we gave ourselves too much to do.
The new St Helens coach, Justin Holbrook, has arrived
and he takes charge of his side for the first time as
they played Hull FC.
Your commentator is Matt Newsome.
Your commentator is Matt Newsome.
James Roby directing Fages.
Through the hands to Taia.
Hull stand firm.
Stand firm back towards the middle.
Dropped off short.
Off short, Kyle Amor.
In those Incredible Hulk shirts.
Roby, from dummy half to Walmsley.
Walmsley bashes his way through, and St Helens have a breakthrough.
And it's the talismanic Walmsley, overlooked
by England, not by Saints.
Gets it away to Walmsley, those two causing Hull
all manner of problems.
Lines up a kick.
Hangs it up.
There is Ryan Morgan.
He hung and he climbed, and he gathered.
And Saints have a second try.
And they are happy.
And so is Ryan Morgan.
Hull barely had a sniff so far.
Thompson makes his way inside the 40.
Another kick, another tester for Hull.
Steve Michaels, he has fumbled it.
Knowles, he has juggled it, and Knowles has it down,
but I think we will go to the video referee,
and he wants some clarity.
Try on field decision.
As Steve Michaels climbs, the ball slips through his
fingers, bounces loose.
Was he tackled in the air?
Well, it would be a bit harsh to say he was.
Ball pops loose, Knowles takes it in.
Now, is there a knock-on here?
Certainly there is a bit of juggling.
But that looks good.
And Saints running riot now.
A third try, 23 on the clock.
Matty Smith, drop goal.
Just seconds before the break.
He knows how to turn a game.
Tommy Lee from dummy half.
They have worked it away, to that right edge.
In front of the post.
Red alert at the moment as Saints go to the line again.
And it's Walmsley, with his second try of the game.
They just can't stop him.
And Saints are on fire.
Alex Walmsley the man.
Roby again, on to Walmsley, that combination.
Robey from dummy half.
To that left-hand side.
Back in field from Percival.
And Hull have to stop him.
Smith back to that left side again.
And Hull cut to ribbons.
What is going on here?
St Helens look a changed side.
A rare raid for Hull, trying to find a bit of rhythm,
that bit of slickness.
Tommy Lee makes the tackle.
Well taken in space by Tommy Makinson.
He's going to have a dig here.
He slips the tackle.
Has Tommy got space in front of him?
Danny will try to stop him, but Tommy Makinson,
on his 150th appearance,
has scored a remarkable try.
Length of the field.
And Justin Holbrook might well smile.
Making it look easy.
Delight for Tommy Makinson.
St Helens, really pulling out the stops this afternoon,
but you have to say, Hull look a shadow of the team
that destroyed Catalan in the Challenge Cup last weekend.
Here goes Perceval.
Sleight of hand!
And this winger continues his remarkable form, or does he?
Robert Hicks is going to the screen.
Sleight of hand from Perceval, lovely pass.
He's well in the field of play.
Is the finish good?
Josh Griffin coming across.
He couldn't stop him.
And that is sensational from Grace.
What a season he's having.
Hull looking for a consolation.
That's a huge hit on Danny Washbrook.
Just about sums up this game.
Matty Smith gets it away to Morgan, who rides the challenge.
Justin Holbrook must be thinking, what's all the fuss about?
Swift looking to get away.
But Hull wrap him up.
They have shifted it left here.
Out on that left-hand side is Grace.
And he's got a second try.
That is the icing on the cake.
St Helens will clear.
St Helens in full control.
What a Magic Weekend for them, and for Justin Holbrook.
Justin, welcome to Super League.
You have made this coaching lark look easy!
You must be delighted.
I can't take much credit for it, but full credit to the boys.
It was great to see them play so well today.
You haven't had much time with them, but what are the key things
you have been saying?
I have just been trying to take pressure off them.
I saw the way they were playing when I was back in Australia.
I could see how tense they were.
They were trying too hard, putting pressure on themselves.
I just wanted them to relax.
They had to work hard, but it was good to see
them playing well.
To be fair to Justin, he has been making simple demands of us.
The main one was to be excited about playing.
We have lost that in the last few weeks, and he could see
the frustration in our performances.
I didn't see a result like that coming, did you?
No, I started worrying when we collapsed.
So that is obviously something we got to speak
about moving forward.
I watched them last week and they couldn't
have been any worse.
When you get quotes like "It's the lowest point of my career"
from a 20 year veteran, you know they're in a bad place.
But they got up off the canvas and did a real job on us.
How excited are you for the rest of the season?
I knew I was coming to a squad that were capable of that.
They just had a tough period.
It is only one win, so we have to back it up
on Thursday against Wigan, but very pleasing.
Football is of course the number one sport in this city,
but rugby league does have a presence in the form
of Newcastle Thunder.
They play in the third tier of the sport,
but have big ambitions.
There's a romantic side of us says we would like to be
in the Super League.
But the reality side says we have to develop
the north-east as a community of rugby league players.
We are starting, that trickle is coming through.
We now need to continue to do that, but there is no quick fix.
We'll raise our commercial profile and our playing profile.
We have to raise everything.
There are three of us working in the community department.
We run various programmes.
We also run a girls' programme.
The kids are bringing the parents along, which is brilliant.
Year-on-year, we are proud to have grown, especially
with events like this.
It puts us on the map a bit.
I think the north-east general public are now turning their heads
with the recent Magic Weekends we have had here.
Three years is sufficient.
It is right to take it elsewhere now, but we would love to see it
back in the north-east.
I think Newcastle has created the Magic into a concept that works.
We are very fortunate from working with the likes of Newcastle United
and the RFL to make it a really good event.
That has to be the platform or the framework for going forward.
I would love to have it back, though.
Well, joining us is the executive director
of Super League, Roger Draper.
Roger, do you think Magic Weekend has done its job in Newcastle
for raising the presence of rugby league here?
We have had our top three ever Magic Weekend attendances
here in Newcastle.
It has been a big success story.
The fans love it.
It's a great story.
It gets ticks all round.
So why are you hinting that it is moving?
Well, we always look to review it every two or three years.
So that's one reason.
The second reason is that we now have an international calendar
leading up to the World Cup in 2021, so we know we've got the Kiwis
coming over next year, the Aussies in 2020 and the World Cup in 2021.
So it gives us a chance to put our events out
to a bidding process.
Newcastle has been the spiritual home in the last three years,
but Liverpool is bidding for the Commonwealth Games.
There is a lot of support for the Etihad in Manchester,
and there are new stadiums coming on board.
Coventry, London and so on.
So it's only fair to make sure we put it out to tender
and may the best city win.
Do you see it staying as this extra round and still being Super League?
Certainly for next year.
We have said we are reviewing a lot of things at the moment, and trying
to optimise the calendar as best we can, but I think Magic Weekend
is one of those things that is not broken, so why fix it?
So certainly for next year, Magic Weekend is here to stay.
There are those who say actually, that extra game
does skew the league.
There are those who say we should be more innovative and bring
it in with the nines and Commonwealth Games and so on.
But for the time being, Magic works and all the clubs and fans love it.
Thank you for joining us.
These two teams were meeting for the first time at the Magic Weekend,
and it took nearly 20 minutes for them to register some points.
Maggie takes on debut for with the saw his pass
intercepted by Ben Jones Bishop, and only a great tackle
by Ryan Innes prevented the winner from going over.
But the respite for Super League's bottom team was only brief,
and two plays later, Trinity were in front.
The influential Scot Griggs found his way over from close range
for the first of his two tries of the afternoon.
There were two more tries for Trinity before half-time
as they searched for a third consecutive Super League with.
as they searched for a third consecutive Super League win.
Lynn put them 10-0 up crossing for his fourth try of the season
and then straight from the scrum, Wakefield worked the ball
to their left hand side before Jacob Miller said Scot Griggs.
The full-back found a gap and another four points.
Much to ponder for Denis Betts, whose team were looking
for only their third win of the season, a task not helped
by a sinbinning for Lloyd White just before half-time.
Referee Chris Kendall was unhappy with the challenge
on Mason Katyn Brown.
Widnes have three players making their debuts,
and the Vikings fell further behind just a minute into the second half,
Ben Jones Bishop with his now familiar looking finish
in the corner.
But finally in the 47th minute, Widnes gave their own fans something
to shout about and it was arguably the try of the match.
Breaking down the right-hand side, Ed Chamberlain flicked
a pass to Ryan Innes, and the winger cut inside to Widnes'
first points of the afternoon.
But any help for those in black-and-white stripes was brief.
Liam Finn kicked a penalty and then Ben Jones Bishop went over again
on the Wakefield right, his 12th try of a productive season.
Six minutes from time, Rangi Chase once again failed
to find one of his new team-mates and Matty Ashurst happily dived over
to put Wakefield out of sight.
The top eight may now be out of sight for Widnes too.
Hep Cahill's late try was no more than a consolation for the Vikings,
who remain at the foot of the table and seven points adrift
of the top eight.
Wakefield, though, continue to fly high.
You must be pleased with that.
Yeah, we were pretty ruthless.
I thought that first half, we strangled them with the field
position we have and defended really tough as well.
They're a good side, Widnes, and to keep them to two scores,
I'm really pleased.
We are all fighting hard.
The lads are injured and they're trying to get on their feet.
That's the hardest part.
It's not just about having people back fit.
This is a tough game and it can take a couple of weeks
to get to that position where you feel more durable.
We genuinely feel we can get in that top four.
It's a long shot, but we keep ticking away nicely.
We keep picking up the wins, and who knows what we could
achieve as a group.
So, the first day is done and we're on to day two
of the Magic Weekend.
What was the standout for you of day one?
You would have to say the centre halves performance.
You would have to say the St Helens performance.
The new coach, Justin Holbrook, has done a fantastic job
coming in to prepare.
He lifted the pressure off the team.
We saw St Helens play with a bit of a smile on their face.
They looked as though they were enjoying the rugby again
and they looked impressive.
Everybody tipped Hull to win that game and they dominated.
That was the star performance of the day.
The opening match, Wakefield were really clinical.
They did what they needed to do.
For Widnes, difficult with so many players coming
in and so many players out.
Can Rangi make a difference?
He didn't have a good day.
Widnes still have a lot of injuries and are not.
Widnes still have a lot of injuries and are not up to full complement.
But you can't take anything away from Wakefield.
They are on 16 points now in the league and nobody tipped them
to be up there at the start.
They look a really accomplished side and they could
challenge the top four.
And the drama of the day in the final match, with Wigan
and Warrington and both coaches bitterly disappointed.
You think with a draw that late, somebody will be euphoric,
but not a bit of it.
Both coaches were disappointed for different reasons.
John Webb was disappointed because they got into a winning
position two scores up and were looking comfortable
and they ran out of steam.
Tony Smith was hugely disappointed with 20 or 30 seconds to go.
They had a 4-point lead and to let that go, he will be devastated.
On reflection, the 24-24 was a fair result.
First up on day two, we have Catalan against Huddersfield.
And one man who arrived at the Magic Weekend in style
but probably a bit sore was Eorl Crabtree.
He cycled 120 miles to be here this weekend, all in memory of the Giants
academy player Ronan Castello, who died after sustaining
a serious head injury in an academy match last year.
Sadly, Ronan Castello passed away almost a year ago through a brain
injury during the game.
So we're trying to raise their profile and a bit of money for them.
We've had a good start so far.
Trying to build that up, but it's been a tough ride.
91 miles on the first day was tough.
It rained all the way.
I got double cramp in both hamstrings, so I was struggling.
We all battled through it.
We knew what it was for.
It's a rugby league family and this is where the fans come together.
You get a lot of attention as soon as you come.
You get a bit of stick for wearing lycra,
but it's all for a good cause.
This was a fifth straight defeat for Catalan and proved to be
the final act for the Dragons' head coach, who was sacked
on Monday morning.
Yet Catalan had the crowd on their feet with the opening score
of the game after just four minutes, Richie Myler celebrating his 27th
birthday with an eye-catching try.
It was all square by half-time, though.
The Giants levelled things up at 6-6.
Ten minutes into the second half, Ian Thornley went over
on the left-hand side to put Catalan 10-6 up and seemingly
on course for their first win in the middle of April.
And that result looked even more likely when Greg Bird touched
down for the Dragons.
But his 65th minute effort was sent upstairs and eventually ruled out
by the video referee, Richie Myler ruled to have
obstructed Lee Gaskell as the ball came down.
And Catalans' 4-point lead proved not to be enough for the Dragons.
Huddersfield got level with just eight minutes to play,
much to the delight of Giants' chairman Ken Davey, who then
saw his side snatch the victory as Adam Brown got his
first Huddersfield try,
sealing the Giants' fourth win of the season.
sealing the Giants' fourth win of the season.
How important for your guys to keep building on this?
It's pretty important for us in the context of the competition.
We need to keep taking every drop out of this as far as momentum goes
and use it in a positive manner.
Tough today, but some very good defensive effort for 70 minutes.
But we let the win past us.
One of the difficulties for the teams at Magic Weekend
is that they have to warm up away from the stadium.
Salford are about to warm up.
With me is the assistant coach.
How tricky are the logistics of getting ready for Magic?
A bit more difficult.
It takes more planning for the conditions and the staff
with the three minute walk from the changing rooms.
So we're out a bit earlier than normal.
Obviously, the dimensions are not too big either,
so we've had to adapt the warm up a bit, but we'll
still get ready for kick-off.
How are the guys ahead of their first experience of Magic Weekend?
Really good, really excited.
It's a real challenge to play in front of so many
people at a neutral venue.
Obviously, a lot of the players have experienced the Blackpool Bash,
but this is a different kettle of fish and the players
are looking forward to it.
Could it be the fillip they need to turn around their form?
That's what we're hoping.
We're hoping the pressure will be off away from home.
We're playing a good team in Salford that has not lost many
games and they're used to winning.
But if we're going to turn it around, why not today?
The players are confident in what we've asked from them
and they've trained well.
We've had a weekend off, so we are coming into it fresh.
You'd better get back to warming them up.
Let's see how Leigh get on against Salford.
He's round O'Brien!
Johnson comes across.
Robert Lui will get him in the end.
Good chance for the Leigh Centurions.
Opening try, a try on debut as well.
Matthew Fleming is in.
Dummy half to Dobson.
It's a bit of a mess.
Salford hit straight back.
No messing around.
Harrison Hansen defending.
A bit of mucking around there.
Leigh's captain will be penalised.
Hands on the ball.
Slotted between the uprights.
Salford keep the ball ticking over.
Here is Liam Hood.
Drinkwater looks left again.
Chance again, try again!
It's the full-back, Mitch Brown.
Leigh Centurions making hay down the left for the second
time this afternoon.
Tomkins to Dobson.
Dobson looks right.
Can he get the ball down?
The referee will have a look at that.
Let's have a look.
Big old beast.
More Godzilla than Masila!
Tomkins looks right, sees Dobson.
Does what he does best!
Scoring another try for Salford, and the Leigh fans don't like that.
Here is Tomkins, to Dobson.
This looks familiar.
Johnson cuts in!
And Greg Johnson scores another and the Red Devils
are ratcheting up the pressure.
What can Leigh do to start the second half?
They could start it well with this!
Brooks breaks through.
Murdoch Masila gets in and Brooks may have just
handed Leigh a lifeline.
The Centurions needed that.
Here is Robert Lui.
Oh, dear me, that did not look good at all.
And it looks even worse there.
That could be that.
The referee brandishes the red card.
Salford down to 12.
Dobson, across the front of the uprights.
Salford home and hosed, you would think.
This is good.
Dawson will score.
Could be just a Centurions consolation, but they keep
chasing down Salford.
Dawson with the try in the corner.
Michael Dobson again.
I think the referee might have a look at this.
Robert Hicks, the video referee.
Krasniqi knocks it backwards.
And Dobson through Lui's legs.
A couple of nutmegs.
Then we check the grounding.
That will be a try.
Josh Jones does well to keep going and battering his way into Paterson.
Leigh will try and slow this down.
Jones tried to get up there, but was held down.
Jones tried to get up there, but was held down.
And Dobson will slot another two points on the scoreboard
for the Salford Red Devils.
It's no fluke that they're in the top four, this side.
It's no fluke that they're in the top four, this side.
I don't think you can question the effort of the boys.
Every time we scored a try, we conceded a try on the back of it.
We have to get some hardness into the game.
It's good that we got the points.
There were bits of our performance we weren't happy
with and that's something to fix.
But it's good that you can get the win.
Castleford Tigers were top of the table coming into the weekend.
They were top of the bill on Sunday.
Their opponents, their local rivals, Leeds.
Watching this one was Dave Woods.
Castleford are working their way back into position here.
Two tackles still to go.
Here is Gayle with a kick.
It's been spilt and caught by Gayle!
And Castleford have their opening try.
Confusion at the back for Leeds, and Castleford prosper.
McGuire beginning to look threatening...
This is good from Leeds now.
Intent here already to go wide, and to go wide with effect.
The chance to go the distance, and no one is going to catch him.
Greg Eden, with a try out of the top drawer.
That is Castleford in 90 yards.
But hang on, the thrill might be taken away here.
They are looking for obstruction.
We've got the try.
So he says try on the field, but have a look at this.
Michael Shenton runs in.
Has he done enough for this to be given as an obstruction?
Yes, he has.
It's taken away, that glorious moment.
So Sutcliffe, with a chance to make it all square.
And that is quite a return for Leeds just before half-time.
They will take that.
They have quelled the Castleford fire.
Here is McShane.
They have a bit of space here.
They have got the numbers, they have got Eden!
His first try of the afternoon.
McShane again gets them motoring.
Moores is going through here.
And he's got the off-load to Holmes.
Leeds are backtracking, McShane with a one-handed pick-up.
What a pass from Shenton!
Michael Shenton with a miracle pass.
And Eden scores the try, but have a look at this.
It has gone straight into the hands of Holmes, and he has pace.
Tom Holmes, the youngster, fulfilling that Castleford category
with another wonder try.
He has shaken off his injury from earlier in the game.
McShane was asking if there was another set of six to be had.
There's not, so they only have one chance to score,
and Shenton will take that chance again.
It's a hat-trick from Eden, but he has got so much
to thank his centre, Michael Shenton, for.
Castleford again, quick as a flash.
Leeds put to the sword.
It can only be about consolation now for Leeds.
Looking for something to put a smile on their face
at the end of Magic Weekend, and a try!
He is going to go for the drop goal...
He's got the drop goal!
It's knocked down by Handley, but the hooter will sound.
It's been fabulous again from the Tigers.
The clock is counting down on another Castleford win.
It's knocked down by Handley, but the hooter will sound.
It's been fabulous again from the Tigers.
Some of the class on our left hand side today was world class.
It was outstanding.
I thought we got our game together.
It was a tough game.
We said that at half-time but I thought it was a perfect game
for us in terms of developing as a team.
Being in a big stadium like this, different environment,
having to deal with all sorts of things, a team that is coming
after us like Leeds were, and we found a way out of it.
We were too good for Leeds in the second half.
It was an outstanding second half.
We conceded a couple of ones towards the end,
but we had done enough to win the game.
So I was delighted with the second half and that whole game.
We have a job out there and Greg Eden was sensational.
His execution was awesome.
He deserved all three of his tries.
He has worked hard right from when he signed here.
I think he has developed this season and he is playing well.
We've been beaten by a very good team in Castleford.
But what we showed is that we are ourselves a very good team.
We're trading punches with a team at the top of the tree.
They have a lot of confidence in how they go about things.
That period just after half-time, that deflated us a bit.
We didn't handle that.
It's about what you do on the field and where you position
Concentration, or lack of concentration, was key.
Then we went into a crazy period.
If you consider that we kept in the fight,
there are some real positives.
And there's optimism about what we're doing.
But obviously, there are some things we can't do
against a team like that.
Iestyn, it's fair to say we saved the best till last.
Yes, Castleford Tigers were scintillating at times.
They probably didn't put a full 80 minute performance in.
But did Leeds let them?
I thought Leeds were much improved from where they were ten weeks ago.
They have been improving, but it was a real test for them today.
They matched them for large parts of the game, but Castleford have
another gear when they need it.
That pass from Michael Shenton was excellent.
The difference between the two teams was Grant Millington.
He was all over the park.
He is the real linchpin in the middle of the field
for Castleford Tigers.
We have really seen a gulf in quality, though,
between that game and some of the others this weekend.
The biggest difference for me was between game one today,
which was Catalan and Huddersfield, versus the intensity
of the last game.
It was chalk and cheese.
There is a big difference from the top of Super League
towards the bottom of Super League, but you can't take anything
away from the quality of the last game we saw today.
How would you sum up the weekend overall?
I've enjoyed it.
There's been some entertaining rugby league.
The fans have enjoyed it.
There have been differences in quality from top to bottom,
which is something we have to address as a game.
But as an entertaining weekend, it's been fantastic.
I think Newcastle is a great event to have.
There's a lot of debate about whether we move or not.
I think we should stick with it, because everybody's enjoyed it.
So, Magic is over for another year.
Let's see how it leaves things in the Betfred Super League table.
So that's it from Newcastle.
We're back in the studio next week, when we will have a double
round of Super League to bring you.
But from Iestyn and from me, goodbye.
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Highlights from one of the biggest events on the Rugby League calendar, the 2017 magic weekend at St James' Park, Newcastle. The magic weekend features a whole round of Super League fixtures being played at the same venue over the course of two days, and supporters from every club provide a noisy and colourful atmosphere for some of the biggest matches of the season. Last year's top four go head to head on day one. Wigan take on Warrington in a repeat of last year's grand final, and St Helens play Hull FC. Top of the bill on day two is the clash between local rivals Castleford Tigers and Leeds Rhinos. The Tigers have been the team of the season so far, and go into the weekend as the League leaders, but the Rhinos will be out for revenge after a 66-10 defeat at Castleford in round three. High-flying Salford look to continue their fine form when they take on Leigh Centurions, who hope for their first win since the middle of March. Bottom of the table Widnes play Wakefield, and Huddersfield face Catalans.