Rugby League Today: Former ref on abuse, Powell pleased, Magic Weekend ends

Drew Darbyshire

We have got all you need to know about Magic Weekend on site right now.

What’s on site

Jodie Broughton scored a 13-minute hat-trick to help Catalans move off the foot of the Super League table with a 26-12 win over Salford. Read our report here

Huddersfield beat Wakefield for the second time in as many weeks in a pulsating clash at St James’ Park. Read our report here

Hull FC won the bragging rights with a 34-16 victory over rivals Hull KR in the final game of Magic Weekend. Read our report here

Sam Tomkins shows he’s a man on a mission in Magic Weekend winand he has said some interesting things.

Castleford coach Daryl Powell heaped praise on half-back pair Jamie Ellis and Jake Trueman following their Magic win over Leeds.

Dewsbury have signed prop Shannon Wakeman on loan from Huddersfield for the second time this season.

Before Magic Weekend started, people at Love Rugby League HQ predicted how the results of the games. Check them out here.

Hull KR have revealed that Danny McGuire will be sidelined for up to eight weeks with a blood clot.

England Knights will tour Papua New Guinea and play two Test matches against the Kumuls, PNG Rugby Football League chief executive officer Reatau Rau has revealed.

Former Super League referee Ian Smith has spoken out after the recent abuse towards match officials in rugby league, admitting it ‘takes time’ to gain respect from players.

Which are the best Magic Weekend kits? We have picked out the top six top ones.

What’s in the papers

Huddersfield hold on despite Wakefield comeback, report The Guardian.

Matt Cleary says the biff is back as men look to prove State of Origin worth in his column for The Guardian.

Dragons breath fire, Thorman’s dream win and Connor’s derby delight – 5 talking points from Day 2 of the Magic Weekend, report the Mirror.

Salford star Lee Mossop discovers the real reason behind his shoulder woes, report The Sun.

How Manchester’s lost stadium rivalled Old Trafford and Maine Road as city’s greatest sporting cathedral, report Manchester Evening News.

Leeds Rhinos are in a ‘tough spot’ admits Matt Parcell, report Yorkshire Evening Post.

Hull KR player ratings after derby defeat as only Kieren Moss and Junior Vaivai get credible scores, report Hull Daily Mail.

What’s on social

What a stat.

A great achievement!

The atmosphere was brilliant for the entirety of Magic Weekend.

Solid attendance figures. Should it stay at Newcastle or leave?

What’s on TV/Radio

Widnes Vikings v St Helens Highlights – 8.30pm & 10.30pm, Sky Sports Arena

Wigan Warriors v Warrington Wolves Highlights – 8.45pm & 10.45pm, Sky Sports Arena

Castleford Tigers v Leeds Rhinos Highlights – 9.00pm & 11pm, Sky Sports Arena

Salford Red Devils v Catalans Dragons Highlights – 9.15pm & 11.15pm, Sky Sports Arena

Wakefield Trinity v Huddersfield Giants Highlights – 9.30pm & 11.30pm, Sky Sports Arena

Hull KR v Hull FC Highlights – 9.45pm & 11.45pm, Sky Sports Arena

Super League Show – 11.30pm, BBC One (North), presented by Tanya Arnold.

5 Live Rugby The latest ‘Sport at Six’ podcast by BBC Radio Manchester’s Jack Dearden and Trevor Hunt is available to download now.

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The latest Rugby League show on Proper Sport is available to download now.

The latest Whippets and Flat Caps podcast is available to download now, presented by Jon Wilkin and Mark Flanagan.

The latest 5 Live Rugby League podcast is available to download now, presented by Dave Woods.

The latest Rugby League on talkSPORT 2 podcast is available to download now.

The Final Hooter podcast by Love Rugby League’s Dave Parkinson and Adrian Jackson is now available to download.