RUGBY LEAGUE: Super League Magic Weekend 2013 – Live on Sky Sports

Rugby League fans rejoice as the Super League Magic Weekend returns to Manchester’s Etihad Stadium this weekend (May 25-26).

All seven games will be showcased live on Sky Sports with current league leaders Wigan looking to extend their advantage at the top of the table when they face the champions Leeds, in arguably the stand-out game of the weekend.

The Magic Weekend is a unique concept that showcases the best of English rugby league on an unmissable sporting weekend.

Featuring a complete round of fixtures at one venue over one weekend, fans from all 14 clubs come together for two days of exciting action in a family friendly environment.

Magic provides a fantastic opportunity for sports fans to view all the stars of Super League in one venue over two days.

England stars such as Sam Tomkins, Kevin Sinfield and Adrian Morley will all be on display for their clubs looking to collect an important two points.

First played in 2007, the Magic Weekend has become an integral part of the Rugby League calendar after an extraordinary debut weekend at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.

The event has also travelled north of the border with Edinburgh taking in the Magic with fans watching on as big hits and last-gasp drama make it a weekend to remember.

The thrilling on-field action is complemented by a fan village, a house band plus a whole host of great entertainment.

This year sees the Magic Weekend return to the Etihad Stadium, Manchester, where over 63,000 fans enjoyed the event in 2012.

The entertainment gets under way on Saturday lunchtime when Catalan Dragons clash with the London Broncos.

Zeb Taia bagged a decisive brace of second-half tries when the teams last crossed paths, handing the Dragons a hard-fought 30-24 win.

The next two matches pit Castleford Tigers against West Yorkshire rivals Wakefield Trinity Wildcats and Hull FC against Hull KR.

St Helens will then contest Saturday’s fourth and final game with Warrington Wolves, the side they comfortably saw off at the Halliwell Jones Stadium in March. 

Early tries from Jordan Turner, Lance Hohaia and Francis Meli set the Saints on their way to their 38th win over the Wolves in 45 Super League matches.

Sunday’s opening encounter sees Salford City Reds seek redemption against Widnes Vikings. 

Subjected to a crushing 58-24 defeat when the sides last met, the Reds will no doubt be determined to make amends.

Bradford Bulls will then try to topple Huddersfield Giants before two-time defending champions Leeds Rhinos lock horns with last season’s League Leader’s Shield winners Wigan Warriors.

England winger Ryan Hall inspired the Rhinos to a narrow 18-14 victory earlier in the campaign.

Sky Sports will screen all seven games of Super League’s Magic Weekend exclusively live and in high-definition.

Saturday’s four games will all be shown back-to-back on Sky Sports 3 with the action starting at 11.55am, while coverage of Sunday’s three games will be broadcast on Sky Sports 4.

Eddie Hemmings and Mike Stephenson lead the presentation team from the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, along with contributions from Sky Sports’ regular analysts Phil Clarke and Brian Carney. 

Bill Arthur, Rod Studd and Graham Beecroft will all rotate on commentary and touchline reporting duties.

Each of the seven games will be available to watch on the move via PCs, mobiles and tablet devices on Sky Go, while Sky Sports’ rugby league website is the place to find all the latest previews, team news, analysis and live text commentaries.

BBC Sport has TV highlights of all seven games in the Super League Show, presented by Tanya Arnold.

Fans in the north of England will have the first chance to see terrestrial highlights of Magic Weekend on the following Monday evening at 11.45pm.

The programme will be repeated nationwide on BBC Two at 1.45pm on Tuesday lunchtime.

BBC local radio will have live audio commentary from Manchester with these plus the latest news, interviews and video all available via the BBC Sport website.

Saturday 25th May
Catalan Dragons v London Broncos | Kick-off: 12:00
LIVE: 11.55am-2.00pm – Sky Sports 3
Castleford Tigers v Wakefield Wildcats | Kick-off: 14:15
LIVE: 2.00pm-4.15pm – Sky Sports 3
Hull FC v Hull Kingston Rovers | Kick-off: 16:30
LIVE: 4.15pm-6.30pm – Sky Sports 3
St Helens v Warrington Wolves | Kick-off: 18:45
LIVE: 6.30pm-9.00pm – Sky Sports 3
Sunday 26th May
Salford City Reds v Widnes Vikings | Kick-off: 15:00
LIVE: 2.55pm-5.00pm – Sky Sports 4
Bradford Bulls v Huddersfield Giants | Kick-off: 17:15
LIVE: 5.00pm-7.15pm – Sky Sports 4
Leeds Rhinos v Wigan Warriors | Kick-off: 19:30
LIVE: 7.15pm-9.30pm – Sky Sports 4
Monday 27th May
Super League Show
Highlights: 11.45pm-12.30am – BBC One*
Tuesday 28th May
Super League Show (rpt)
Highlights: 1.45pm-2.30pm – BBC Two
*North East & Cumbria, North West, Yorks & Lincs, Yorkshire regions only

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