Top Five Magic Weekend Matches

To mark what should have been the start of Magic Weekend, we look at five of the best games to have taken place at the event.

Leeds Rhinos 34-30 Wakefield  Trinity (2010)

Ryan Hall claimed a hat-trick as Leeds fought back to beat Wakefield Trinity in 2010. Credit: News Images

Leeds Rhinos put on a stunning late show to defeat Wakefield Trinity back in 2010 at Murrayfield.

Two tries from Damian Blanch, and others from Ben Jefferies, Paul Johnson and Tevita Leo-Latu had Wakefield 28-10 up at half time.

Leeds responded with tries from Ryan Hall and Brett Webb.

In the second half, Leeds came roaring back with further tries from Hall and Clarkson. Jefferies then kicked a penalty to keep Wakefield eight points ahead.

Hall then completed his hat-trick, and then hooker Danny Buderus won the match for the Rhinos with just two minutes to go.

Warrington Wolves 28-36 Hull KR (2009)

Hull KR overturned a half-time deficit to record one of the results of the Weekend against Warrington Wolves back in 2009.

Chris Hicks gave Warrington the lead, before Rovers levelled through Shaun Briscoe. Further tries from Simon Grix and Vinnie Anderson put Warrington in control, before Michael Dobson pulled another back for Hull KR.

Rovers turned the game around in the second half, as tries from Mick Vella and Clint Newton put them in front.

Hicks got his second, before Ben Galea scored the first of his two tries to keep the Robins in front. Anderson clamed his second try to keep Warrington in it.

But Galea scored his second to confirm a hard-fought for victory for the Rovers. They went second as a result.

Huddersfield Giants 34-38 Salford City Reds (2012)

Adam Sidlow was the match-winner as Salford beat Huddersfield in a thriller. Credit: News Images

Salford brought an end to their run of six matches without a win, as they won a 13-try thriller against Huddersfield at The Etihad Stadium.

It was even first half. Two tries from Joel Moon and others from Sean Gleeson and Jodie Broughton had the Reds in front. While Huddersfield responded with efforts from Kevin Brown, Danny Brough and Michael Lawrence.

Momentum seemed to swing Huddersfield’s way, when Eorl Crabtree’s double turned the game in Huddersfield’s favour.

After Broughton scored his second for Salford, Brough was on hand to put Huddersfield back in front.

But two late tries from Adam Sidlow turned the game on its head, and sent Salford away as the victors.

Hull FC 22-16 Hull KR (2013)

Chris Green was the scorer of the controversial winner for Hull FC against Hull KR in 2013. Credit: Richard Long/News Images

Hull FC earned what would prove to be a highly controversial win over their city rivals Hull KR at The Etihad Stadium.

FC had taken the lead through Richard Whiting, but tries either side of half time from Greg Eden, Craig Hall and Alex Brown had Rovers in control of the match.

However, the Black and Whites managed to pull it back level as tries from Tom Lineham and Kirk Yeaman left for a frantic conclusion.

The controversial moment came as a kick went high, it was collected by Chris Green, who scored. The decision was referred to the video referee Steve Ganson, who had missed that Green was offside when the kick went up, leaving Rovers fans less than pleased.

Bradford Bulls 38-42 Leeds Rhinos (2007)

Leeds Rhinos won a thrilling match against Bradford Bulls in controversial circumstances in Cardiff back in 2007.

Bradford led 28-16 at the break, thanks to two tries from Michael Platt, and others from Lesley Vainikolo and Ian Henderson. Leeds responded with tries from Jamie-Jones Buchanan, Brett Webb and Keith Senior.

The two sides then traded tries at the start of the second half. Webb got his second for Leeds, before Ben Harris got another for Bradford. Rob Burrow scored again for Leeds, before Andy Lynch kept the Bulls in control.

Webb then completed his hat-trick for Leeds to make it 38-36 to the Bulls with the clock winding down.

Then with seconds remaining, Leeds got a penalty, as Matt Cook was declared offside, despite the ball coming off a Leeds player.

As the hooter sounded, Kevin Sinfield’s penalty hit the bar, before Jordan Tansey touched down to spark pandemonium in the Millennium Stadium. The referee gave the try without consultation with the video referee.

However, replays proved it should have been disallowed, as Tansey was in an offside position as Sinfield took the penalty.

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