What’s on site
Magic Weekend could be played at the Nou Camp, says Catalans coach Steve McNamara following their successful on the road game against Wigan at the home of FC Barcelona.
Catalans president Bernard Guasch said the occasion on Saturday showed what the Dragons bring to Super League.
Read our match report, talking points and player ratings from Catalans’ 33-16 win over Wigan.
Hull joined Catalans in closing the gap to the top two as they stunned Warrington with 19-12 win at the Halliwell Jones Stadium, while London Broncos breathed even more life in to the relegation battle with another win over Wakefield.
Leigh rounded off a successful Summer Bash weekend with a win over Widnes that underlines their top five credentials.
Batley claimed local bragging rights in the Heavy Woollen derby for the second time this season as they saw off Dewsbury at Bloomfield Road.
Sheffield are still flying high in the Championship after a hard-fought win over Barrow kick-started day two at the Summer Bash.
Halifax brought Bradford back to earth with a bump following their cup win over Leeds, as they claimed the spoils to round off the first day at the Summer Bash.
Swinton pulled off a fine comeback to earn a crucial two points by beating Rochdale in the Championship.
Toronto had kick-started the Summer Bash weekend with a 42-14 triumph over Toulouse, to extend their lead at the top of the table to six points.
What’s on social
This is a continuous bug bear in relation to both the Summer Bash and Magic Weekend.
So Barrow & Sheffield make rare appearances on @SkySportsRL Both decide to wear kits that are not only a hideous combination but also make teams indistinguishable from distance & have nothing to do with their identities. Again chose selling a few shirts over growing club brand ? https://t.co/IVKap8GiNg
— No Helmets Required (@NoHelmetsReq) May 19, 2019
Amidst all the talk of expansion sides, London Skolars are quietly – although perhaps not for much longer – going about their business very well indeed.
First time in Skolars history!
Look at this ⬇️⬇️⬇️ ??? pic.twitter.com/Ad3ElP2H6o
— London Skolars RL (@LondonSkolarsRL) May 18, 2019
Got something in my eye here…
A touching moment at fulltime yesterday with Sonny Mellor and his kids pic.twitter.com/nxNYnAY4Qq
— Norway Rugby League (@RLNorge) May 19, 2019
I’m not going to argue with Ashton Sims.
A real impressive weekend for #RugbyLeague in Europe?
31.5k at Nou Camp, #Summerbash & here watching my lad play alongside 6k other young footy players at Skegness, #MagicWeekend next week?
The long term effects, sustainability & growth of our sport rely on weekends like this?? pic.twitter.com/qYLifrPmGX
— Ashton Sims (@ashtonsims26) May 19, 2019
What’s in the papers
Wigan’s journey back from their defeat at the Nou Camp saw them diverted to Birmingham, due to issues at Manchester Airport, reports Wigan Today.
Anthony Gelling has been linked with a move to Warrington in The Sun over the weekend.
NOU ERA- Catalans v Wigan today at the Nou Camp expecting to break record crowds for Super League. Also, Gelling to Wire? And… Sadiq Adebiyi to line up alongside NRL star Jayden Okunbor? pic.twitter.com/vbdLwwPMZy
— Gary Carter (@GaryCarter_1979) May 18, 2019
The New Zealand Herald have paid tribute to Quentin Pongia, the former New Zealand and Wigan forward who lost his battle with cancer over the weekend at the age of just 48.
Antoni Maria’s sin-binning against Huddersfield may cost him an extension to his loan deal at Hull KR, coach Tim Sheens told Hull Live.
Former England captain Jamie Peacock has backed calls to take Magic Weekend to the Nou Camp, writing in his column in The Mirror.
Retired ex-Leeds centre Joel Moon, who hung up his boots at a young age at the end of last season, turns 31 today.
Also celebrating: Former France international Eric Anselme (41).
Hull were the first team to lose a Super League match in four different countries – England, Wales, France and Australia. Wigan joined them on Saturday, adding Spain to England, Wales and France.