Super League fans have grown to love the Magic Weekend round, with new kits, derby matches and a chance to mingle with rival fans in a neutral ground. Newcastle is quickly becoming a fan favourite for the showcase weekend with Super League fans flocking to the toon for their own Geordie Shore Magic! This is the weekend when teams for the first time really start to look at the league table and judge where they are before the big split! So which teams were the Alan Shearer on the Toon and who was more like Shergar?
Day 1 – The stars of day 1 has to be the Saints, they put on a mercurial performance against the Black and Whites – who in their changed kit looked more of an incredible stink than Incredible Hulk. The Saints were definitely out to prove a point to their new coach, who was watching in person for the first time, running out 45-0 winners. The pick of the tries undoubtedly Tommy Makinson’s effort, but my stand out player of the game was the man-mountain Alex Walmsley, FC simply had no answers to the big prop from the first minute to the last. Is this the turn around in form the Saints need to make the top four? What does this mean for Hull? They were outplayed in every department and once again in a big game Marc Sneeeeeeyd was nowhere to be found.
High-drama, low quality in a draw between Wire and Wigan. A game strewn with errors and very little magic saw Wigan snatch a draw in the last throws of the game through who else but Joe Burgess, although it was the other wing man who gave them a fighting chance with a well taken hat trick, Liam Marshall is another from the Wigan production line who is coming good. Both coaches thought it was a game to forget with both feeling they could and perhaps should have won the game.
The first game of the day saw Wakey take on the Vikings with their new recruit Rangi Chase but even he could do nothing to steer the Vikings to the shore of safety and on the day two points. Widnes certainly showed heart but they just don’t have the talent in depth to stay out of the Middle 8’s in my opinion. The addition of Chase won’t change that, his off the cuff plays come off 2/10 times and they require players to be willing and able to play that off the cuff style, which Widnes look far from capable of doing. Wakefield on the other hand looked strong and clinical and will be a handful for anyone.
To sum up shakey Wakey had their spidey senses turned up to full heat to sweep aside the sinking Vikings, Saints look resurgent in their demolishion of hapless Hull FC and a none bore draw for Wire and Wigan who will both expect much better if they are to make the top 4 this season…