Warriors to face Rhinos at Magic Weekend

Shaun Wane
Shaun Wane

WIGAN Warriors will face treble winners Leeds Rhinos at the 2016 Magic Weekend, which will again be held in Newcastle on Saturday, May 21 and Sunday, May 22.

The full list of Super League fixtures will be released on Monday, but fans are able to plan their Magic Weekend a few days early.

And Warriors will face the Rhinos for the third Magic Weekend in succession, in the final clash on day one.

“Magic Weekend is a brilliant event and it’s great that it’s going to be in Newcastle again,” said Leeds coach Brian McDermott.

“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.”

Wigan’s record at the Magic Weekend has been generally good since its inception in 2007.

After back-to-back defeats to St Helens in Cardiff, Warriors then beat the old enemy at the third attempt when the competition moved to Edinburgh in 2009.

They beat Huddersfield the following year in the Scottish capital, before the event moved back to Cardiff to host a 16-16 draw with St Helens.

In 2012 the venue switched to the Etihad Stadium, Manchester, with Warriors beating St Helens and then Leeds in both 2013 and 2014.

With the Etihad unavailable this year, Newcastle became the fourth city to host the weekend, and was rated another rip-roaring success, with a total attendance in excess of 67,000.

The full list of fixtures 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