Magic reunion for Leeds Rhinos and Wigan in Newcastle

NO WAY THROUGH: Leeds Rhinos' Jamie Peacock is tackled in last week's Grand Final against Wigan Warriors. 'Picture: Jonathan Gawthorpe.
NO WAY THROUGH: Leeds Rhinos' Jamie Peacock is tackled in last week's Grand Final against Wigan Warriors. 'Picture: Jonathan Gawthorpe.
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LEEDS RHINOS will have to guard against revenge from Wigan Warriors at next year’s Magic Weekend after the Super League paired up the Grand Final competitors for the second year running.

There is potential for another hot blooded contest, as Hull FC face local rivals Hull Kingston Rovers.

St James’ Park in Newcastle will once again host the Super League’s showcase event after last season’s record breaking attendance of 67,000 fans over the event.

Castleford Tigers will lock horns with Warrington Wolves on the first day of the weekend, Saturday May 21, 2016.

Wakefield Trinity Wildcats kick off day two, Sunday May 22, 2016, when they compete against Catalan Dragons.

Huddersfield Giants and St Helens clash in Sunday’s second match, before the day is capped off by the Hull derby.

However, it is the game between The Rhinos and Wigan that has received top billing. The repeat of the most exciting Grand Final for a generation takes place at 7.00pm on Saturday.

Treble winning Leeds Rhinos head coach Brian McDermott said: “Magic Weekend is a brilliant event and it’s great that it’s going to be in Newcastle again.

“It’s a fantastic stadium and there were lots of fans there this year which created a memorable atmosphere. I am particularly pleased for everyone involved in Rugby League in the North East.

“I know from personal experience how hard they have worked down the years to promote our game and it is fitting that they get their reward with another Magic Weekend after the success of last year’s event. Hopefully it will be even better next year.”

Super League general manager Blake Solly said: “We’re delighted that Magic Weekend will be staged at Newcastle’s St James’ Park in 2016.

“Magic Weekend this year was a huge success. We had a record attendance for the weekend and it contained some incredible moments that will live long in the memory. I would like to thank everyone in Newcastle for their support with the event and hopefully we can build on the brilliant success of 2015.”

The Kingstone Press Championship will host its own weekend of action for the second year running, the Summer Bash at Blackpool.

Summer Bash will take place a week after Magic Weekend, and kicks off with the iPro Sport Cup final on Saturday, May 28.

Dewsbury Rams face Batley Bulldogs early on the second day, Sunday, May 29th, before Halifax and Featherstone Rovers do battle to close out the weekend.

Bradford Bulls and Leigh Centurions will compete in the showcase clash on Saturday evening.

Magic Weekend

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

Summer Bash

Saturday, May 28

12.00pm: iPro League 1 Cup Final

2.30pm: Sheffield Eagles v London Broncos

4.45pm: Workington Town v Whitehaven

7.00pm: Bradford Bulls v Leigh Centurions

Sunday, May 29

12.45pm: Dewsbury Rams v Batley Bulldogs

3.00pm: Oldham v Swinton Lions

5.15pm: Halifax v Featherstone Rovers