Magic Weekend Previews: Saturday

2.30pm – Salford Red Devils v Widnes Vikings

Adam Walne misses out for Salford due to suspension, but Cary Paterson has escaped his own disciplinary censure to be in the squad.

The Griffin brothers are set to play despite the death of their father this week.

Widnes have won three games on the bounce, and Denis Betts has named the same squad that beat Wakefield last week.

Salford (19-man squad): Caton-Brown, Evalds, Fages, Forster, D Griffin, G Griffin, J Griffin, Hansen, Hauraki, Hood, Johnson, Jones-Bishop, Morley, Paterson, Sau, Taylor, Walton, A Walne, J Walne, Wood.

Widnes (19-man squad): Ah Van, Ashall, Brown, Clarkson, Dudson, Galea, Gerrard, Hanbury, Heremaia, Isa, Joseph, Leuluai, Manuokafoa, Marsh, Mellor, Owens, Phelps, White, Whitley.


Kevin Brown has played in all eight previous editions of the Magic Weekend (includes games for Huddersfield Giants between 2007-2012)

Super League Summary:

Salford won 10
Widnes won 7
Salford highest score: 38-18 (A, 2012) (Widest margin: 36-6, H, 2014)
Widnes highest score: 58-24 (H, 2013) (Widest margin: 46-8, A, 2012)

Magic Weekend Summary:

Salford: Won 2, Lost 5
Widnes: Won 1, Lost 2
(Head-to-head: Salford 1, Widnes 1)

Last 10 Meetings:

Salford 36, Widnes 8 (SLR7, 26/3/15)
Salford 36, Widnes 6 (SLR27, 12/9/14)
Salford 24, Widnes 30 (SLR13, 17/5/14)(at Etihad Stadium, Manchester)
Salford 20, Widnes 30 (CCR5, 27/4/14)
Widnes 32, Salford 18 (SLR4, 6/3/14)
Salford 4, Widnes 24 (SLR27, 6/9/13)
Salford 28, Widnes 22 (SLR16, 26/5/13)(at Etihad Stadium, Manchester)
Widnes 58, Salford 24 (SLR11, 7/4/13)
Salford 8, Widnes 46 (SLR21, 20/7/12)
Widnes 18, Salford 38 (SLR3, 19/2/12)

4.45pm – Hull FC v Hull KR

Tony Puletua should make his debut for Rovers, having joined from Salford this week.

Rovers half-back Albert Kelly will require a fitness test to prove his availability, as does centre Liam Salter.

Hull FC bring Joe Westerman and Tom Lineham back in, with Curtis Naughton and Steve Michaels dropping out.

Hull FC (19-man squad): Abdull, Ellis, Green, Houghton, Lineham, Minichiello, Paea, Paleaaesina, Pryce, Rankin, Sa, Shaul, Sneyd, Talanoa, Thompson, Watts, Westerman, Whiting, Yeaman.

Hull KR (19-man squad): Blair, Boudebza, Campese, Cockayne, Cox, Dixon, Donaldson, Esslemont, Green, Greenwood, Kelly, Larroyer, McCarthy, Mantellato, Ollett, Puletua, Salter, Sio, Welham.


Super League Summary:

Hull FC won 11
Hull KR won 15 (includes win in 2010 play-offs)
Hull FC highest score: 44-18 (H, 2008) (Widest margin: 36-6, H, 2012)
Hull KR highest score: 42-6 (A, 2007) (also widest margin)

Magic Weekend Summary:

Hull FC: Won 2, Lost 6
Hull KR: Won 6, Lost 2
(Head-to-head: Hull FC 1, Hull KR 5)

Last 10 meetings:

Hull FC 6, Hull KR 20 (SLR8, 2/4/15)
Hull FC 28, Hull KR 0 (SLR25, 29/8/14)
Hull FC 24, Hull KR 38 (SLR13, 17/5/14)(at Etihad Stadium, Manchester)
Hull KR 21, Hull FC 20 (SLR9, 17/4/14)
Hull KR 20, Hull FC 38 (SLR24, 11/8/13)
Hull FC 22, Hull KR 16 (SLR16, 25/5/13) (at Etihad Stadium, Manchester)
Hull FC 10, Hull KR 23 (SLR9, 29/3/13)
Hull KR 18, Hull FC 32 (SLR21, 23/7/12)
Hull FC 30, Hull KR 32 (SLR15, 26/5/12) (at Etihad Stadium, Manchester)
Hull FC 36, Hull KR 6 (SLR10, 6/4/12)

7pm – Leeds Rhinos v Wigan Warriors

Jamie Jones-Buchanan and Brett Delaney could retun from hamstring injuries for Leeds.

Connor Farrell comes in for Rhodri Lloyd for Wigan, who were heavily beaten at Catalans last weekend.

Leeds (19-man squad): Hardaker, Watkins, Moon, Hall, McGuire, Burrow, Aiton, Peacock, Jones-Buchanan, Ablett, Sinfield, Ward, Delaney, Achurch, Cuthbertson, Singleton, Sutcliffe, Walters, Handley.

Wigan (19-man squad): Bateman, Bowen, Burgess, Charnley, Crosby, C Farrell, Flower, Hampshire, McIlorum, Mossop, O’Loughlin, Patrick, Powell, Sarginson, Smith, Sutton, Tautai, J Tomkins, Williams.


Ryan Hall and Kevin Sinfield have played at all eight Magic Weekends. Sinfield has also kicked the most goals at the event with 37.

Joe Burgess (3-3-1-1-1) has scored tries in the Warriors’ last five matches.

Super League Summary:

Leeds won 24 (includes wins in 2004, 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2012 play-offs)
Wigan won 32 (includes win in 1998 Grand Final and wins in 1998, 2002, 2003, 2010 & 2013 play-offs)
Four draws
Leeds highest score: 70-0 (H, 2005) (also widest margin)
Wigan highest score: 68-14 (H, 1996) (also widest margin)

Magic Weekend Summary:

Leeds: Won 6, Lost 2
Wigan: Won 5, Lost 2, Drawn 1
(Head-to-head: Leeds 0, Wigan 2)

Last 10 Meetings:

Leeds 26, Wigan 14 (SLR6, 20/3/15)
Wigan 21, Leeds 6 (SLR26, 5/9/14)
Leeds 14, Wigan 18 (SLR13, 17/5/14)(at Etihad Stadium, Manchester)
Leeds 28, Wigan 12 (SLR11, 2/5/14)
Wigan 22, Leeds 12 (SLQSF, 27/9/13)
Wigan 6, Leeds 20 (SLR27, 5/9/13)
Leeds 16, Wigan 20 (SLR16, 26/5/13)(at Etihad Stadium, Manchester)
Leeds 18, Wigan 14 (SLR7, 15/3/13)
Wigan 12, Leeds 13 (SLQSF, 28/9/12)
Leeds 39, Wigan 28 (CCSF, 14/7/12)(at Galpharm Stadium, Huddersfield)

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