Super League Magic Weekend 2014: Dates, Rugby Fixtures, Live Stream and More

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistMay 16, 2014

LEEDS, ENGLAND - JANUARY 31:  Kallum Watkins of Leeds Rhinos in action during the pre season friendly between Leeds Rhinos and London Broncos at Headingley Carnegie Stadium on January 31, 2014 in Leeds, England.  (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)
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This Saturday will see the Super League once again welcome the Magic Weekend to its schedule, with seven top-flight encounters set to dazzle the Etihad Stadium.

Every team in the division will feature as part of a two-day extravaganza in Manchester, where Leeds Rhinos will hope to maintain their momentum as league leaders, while the rest of Super League's bastions play catch-up.

To ensure not a moment is missed in one of rugby league's finest annual traditions, read on for all the essential viewing details for this weekend's schedule, along with some analysis of the most promising matchups.

2014 Super League Magic Weekend Schedule
TeamVS.TeamDateMatch InformationLive StreamTV Info
London Broncosvs.Catalans DragonsMay 1712.30 p.m. BST/7.30 a.m. ETSky Go app (subscription required)Sky Sports 3
Widnes Vikingsvs.Salford Red DevilsMay 172.45 p.m. BST/9.45 a.m. ETSky Go app (subscription required)Sky Sports 3
Hull KRvs.Hull FCMay 175 p.m. BST/12 p.m. ETSky Go app (subscription required)Sky Sports 3
Wigan Warriorsvs.Leeds RhinosMay 177.15 p.m. BST/2.15 p.m. ETSky Go app (subscription required)Sky Sports 3
Wakefield Trinity Wildcatsvs.Castleford TigersMay 1812.30 p.m. BST/7.30 a.m. ETSky Go app (subscription required)Sky Sports 1
Huddersfield Giantsvs.Bradford BullsMay 182.45 p.m. BST/9.45 a.m. ETSky Go app (subscription required)Sky Sports 1
Warrington Wolvesvs.St. HelensMay 185 p.m. BST/12 p.m. ETSky Go app (subscription required)Sky Sports 1


Key Matchups

Wigan Warriors vs. Leeds Rhinos

Coming to the Etihad Stadium, Shaun Wane's defending champion Wigan Warriors have no chance of surmounting the outfit currently in prime position to strip them of their title, Leeds Rhinos.

However, reducing the five-point gap that the league-leading Rhinos currently boast over the Warriors is of vital significance if the Cherry and Whites are to have their best chances of claiming the most advantageous play-off place possible.

Those hopes have been significantly reduced by a number of injuries in Wane's squad, though, with Total Rugby League's Joe Whitley quoting the Wigan coach as he considers giving youngster Sam Powell a start at nine, with hooker Michael McIlorum potentially switching to loose forward:

Sam’s a body and a tough player, I may put him in and shift Micky Mac to loose forward, that’s one option. We’re absolutely down to the bare bones. But I’m not stressed – I want us to win and genuinely think we’ll be competitive.

Leeds will not be sympathetic in their approach, and a Kevin Sinfield-led outfit of terrific quality should be able to keep their current trajectory afloat on Saturday.


Hull Kingston Rovers vs. Hull FC

It's a big weekend in sport for Hull, who see both of their rugby league namesakes clash in Magic Weekend's derby showdown, while Wembley plays host to the Premier League's City, who face Arsenal in the FA Cup final.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 25:  Chris Green (L) of Hull FC dives over to score the winning try in the tackle of Hull KR's Alex Brown during the Super League Magic Weekend match between Hull FC and Hull Kingston Rovers at the Etihad Stadium on May 25, 2013
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It was Hull KR who triumphed in the tense meeting between these two sides last month, where Craig Hall took on the guise of hero, striking a last-minute drop goal to end the scoring at 21-20 in his team's favour.

Sat level on 10 points apiece in eighth and ninth, respectively, Hull FC and Hull KR are separated by the finest of margins, and after suffering two losses in a row, the Black and Whites' Gareth Ellis is quoted, by Rugby League World, admitting morale is low for the former right now:

It's nigh impossible to pick these two sides apart right now, but whoever can take their opportunities more efficiently on Saturday takes a massive step in distancing themselves from their inner-city rivals.


Warrington Wolves vs. St Helens

The seventh and final fixture of Magic Weekend gives St Helens their chance to claw back Leeds Rhinos' existing lead—or even leapfrog them, depending on how the Warriors fare this Saturday.

WARRINGTON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 13:  Kyle Amor of St Helens in action during the Super League match between Warrington Wolves and St Helens at The Halliwell Jones Stadium on February 13, 2014 in Warrington, England.  (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)
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Standing in the way of that hope are last year's grand finalists, the Warrington Wolves, who, despite failing to recapture the same majestic form of last season, can still be a threat to second-place St Helens.

Wolves are currently seventh, eight points behind their derby opponents, but what better time to reignite the flame than with a derby meeting against one's closest elite enemies? 


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