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Old rivals St Helens and Wigan clash again in the second game of Magic Weekend on Saturday

Outdated rivals St Helens and Wigan conflict once more within the second sport of Magic Weekend on Saturday

We check out what’s being stated and staff information forward of the Betfred Tremendous League’s Magic Weekend getting beneath method at St James Park in Newcastle on Saturday…

Wakefield Trinity vs Toulouse Olympique (2pm)

This yr’s State of Origin sequence reaches its conclusion in Brisbane subsequent Wednesday as Queensland and New South Wales face off in a decider, however there’s one other best-of-three contest to be settled at Magic Weekend too.

That comes within the opening match of the weekend the place Wakefield Trinity tackle Toulouse Olympique in a match which though it won’t determine the relegation battle in Tremendous League, will go a probable good distance in direction of it.

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Wakefield Trinity vs Toulouse

July 9, 2022, 2:00pm

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Victory for Toulouse would shut the hole between the underside membership and Eleventh-placed Trinity to 2 factors with 9 video games of the common season remaining and the French facet’s Tony Gigot, who had a brief spell at Wakefield in 2020, is beneath no illusions in regards to the significance of this encounter.

“Everyone knows it is large – it is large for Toulouse and it is large for Wakey as effectively, so we take this sport with lots of pleasure and we’re very completely happy to come back to play at Magic Weekend,” Gigot stated.

“We’ll attempt to play our greatest footy and provides an excellent present to all the followers.

“We have performed them two instances and it is kind of like State of Origin the place it is 1-1. It is the decider – and we’ll see on Saturday who’s the winner.”

Super League stars Ryan Brierley and Tony Gigot both say they are excited and determined to do well at Magic Weekend in Newcastle.

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Tremendous League stars Ryan Brierley and Tony Gigot each say they’re excited and decided to do effectively at Magic Weekend in Newcastle.

Tremendous League stars Ryan Brierley and Tony Gigot each say they’re excited and decided to do effectively at Magic Weekend in Newcastle.

Toulouse have Eloi Pelissier and Ilias Bergal again of their squad for the sport and head to Newcastle buoyed by a 28-6 win at residence to Hull Kingston Rovers final Saturday.

Wakefield, in the meantime, have new signing Josh Bowden included of their squad for the match at St James’ Park after the prop joined from Hull FC on Thursday and head coach Willie Poching is decided to not get too wrapped up on this one match.

“It is [just] one other two factors,” Poching stated. “Our focus can be on giving some enchancment, we’ll look to arrange as greatest we are able to.

“It’s a huge event for our sport. We’re first up, we open Magic Weekend, and we wish to open it with a bang.”

Highlights of the match between Toulouse Olympique and Hull Kingston Rovers in the Betfred Super League.

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Highlights of the match between Toulouse Olympique and Hull Kingston Rovers within the Betfred Tremendous League.

Highlights of the match between Toulouse Olympique and Hull Kingston Rovers within the Betfred Tremendous League.

Named squads

Wakefield Trinity: Max Jowitt, Jacob Miller, Mason Lino, Liam Hood, Tinirau Arona, Matty Ashurst, Kelepi Tanginoa, Jay Pitts, Jordy Crowther, Jai Whitbread, James Batchelor, Jack Croft, Brad Walker, Harry Bowes, Lewis Murphy, Corey Corridor, Thomas Minns, Rob Butler, David Fifita, Kyle Evans, Josh Bowden.

Toulouse Olympique: Latrell Schaumkel, Paul Marcon, Corey Norman, Lucas Albert, Romain Navarrete, Harrison Hansen, Dominique Peyroux, Anthony Marion, Eloi Pelissier, Joseph Bretherton, Joseph Paulo, Ilias Bergal, Chris Hankinson, Justin Sangare, Man Armitage, Matty Russell, Olly Ashall-Bott, Nathan Peats, Lambert Belmas, Tony Gigot, Daniel Alvaro.

St Helens vs Wigan Warriors (4.45pm)

The primary of two derby clashes on Saturday pits two of rugby league’s largest and fiercest rivals in opposition to one another, with the added issue of it being the present prime two in Tremendous League squaring off as effectively.

The honours have been even between St Helens and Wigan thus far in 2022, with the reigning champions triumphing 22-4 of their earlier Tremendous League assembly on Good Friday whereas the Warriors emerged 20-18 victors within the Betfred Problem Cup semi-finals a month later.

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St Helens vs Wigan Warriors

July 9, 2022, 4:30pm

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Simply two factors separate the perimeters within the standings following Saints’ slim 20-18 loss away to Catalans Dragons final Saturday as effectively and centre Mark Percival is anticipating one other full-blooded encounter with the Cherry and Whites.

“The outcomes on the weekend make it just a little bit extra attention-grabbing,” Percival stated. “We misplaced and Wigan gained so the hole closes there on the prime.

“They have been good and what Matt Peet has introduced again is a few metal and what I felt they had been lacking. Now they’re bringing that week in, week out, and it seems like they’re having fun with it collectively which is the principle factor.

“You have seen it earlier than in derbies, no one takes a backwards step. That is what you will get for the entire sport, however there’s additionally that respect on the finish of it. It is going to convey an depth that no different sport brings.”

St Helens head coach Kristian Woolf says the energy and excitement in the team are high heading into their Super League Magic Weekend match against Wigan.

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St Helens head coach Kristian Woolf says the vitality and pleasure within the staff are excessive heading into their Tremendous League Magic Weekend match in opposition to Wigan.

St Helens head coach Kristian Woolf says the vitality and pleasure within the staff are excessive heading into their Tremendous League Magic Weekend match in opposition to Wigan.

Percival is a notable absentee for St Helens resulting from damage together with Tommy Makinson, however Will Hopoate, Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook and Konrad Hurrell all return. Matty Lees is out there too after efficiently interesting a one-match ban.

Wigan are with out Thomas Leuluai resulting from a calf damage, however Cade Cust and Morgan Smithies are each again in head coach Matt Peet’s squad from the win away to Wakefield final Sunday.

And whereas they aren’t fascinated about the League Leaders’ Defend simply but, hooker Sam Powell is aware of a win over their rivals would ship out a press release heading into the final 10 video games of the common season.

“St Helens have been the benchmark for the previous couple of years now, and we’re continuously attempting to shut that hole just a little bit,” Powell stated.

Highlights of the Betfred Super League match between Wakefield Trinity and Wigan Warriors.

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Highlights of the Betfred Tremendous League match between Wakefield Trinity and Wigan Warriors.

Highlights of the Betfred Tremendous League match between Wakefield Trinity and Wigan Warriors.

“It is one thing we try for day by day. With the outcomes on the weekend, it is opened issues up a bit. Sure, it is solely one other two factors but it surely’s a win we wish to go and get.

“We’re not it when it comes to getting prime spot, it is extra constructing a efficiency a staff and a membership. We have carried out lots of good issues this yr, however we have got much more exhausting work to go.”

Named squads

St Helens: Jack Welsby, Will Hopoate, Regan Grace, Jonny Lomax, Alex Walmsley, James Roby, Matty Lees, Sione Mata’utia, Joe Batchelor, Morgan Knowles, Joey Lussick, Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Curtis Sironen, Agnatius Paasi, Jake Wingfield, James Bell, Ben Davies, Konrad Hurrell, Dan Norman, Jon Bennison, Dan Hill.

Wigan Warriors: Bevan French, Jake Bibby, Liam Marshall, Cade Cust, Brad Singleton, Sam Powell, Patrick Mago, Willie Isa, Liam Farrell, John Bateman, Morgan Smithies, Kaide Ellis, Harry Smith, Oliver Partington, Ethan Havard, Liam Byrne, Kai Pearce-Paul, Joe Shorrocks, Jai Area, Abbas Miski, Brad O’Neill.

Leeds Rhinos vs Castleford Tigers (7pm)

Joe Westerman is relishing the prospect of displaying a brand new viewers what rugby league is all about with Castleford’s West Yorkshire derby conflict in opposition to Leeds.

The again row was born in Pontefract and grew up a Cas fan, with the clashes in opposition to the Rhinos all the time being those which he appeared out for on the calendar.

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Cas head into their Magic conflict having boosted their play-off hopes with a 26-18 win over Huddersfield Giants final week and Westerman hopes the locals who end up in Newcastle can be gained over by an intense native rivalry.

“The factor with our sport is it is a native derby,” Westerman stated. “Since I used to be a child, it has been the principle sport for Cas so I am actually wanting ahead to it.

“It offers the younger youngsters possibilities of that semi-final type of rugby the place you are strolling out right into a stadium which holds round 50,000 and it will be heat.

“It is a one-off sport which you take pleasure in…and there is that bit of additional stress, so I am wanting ahead to it.”

Highlights of the Super League clash between Castleford Tigers and Huddersfield Giants.

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Highlights of the Tremendous League conflict between Castleford Tigers and Huddersfield Giants.

Highlights of the Tremendous League conflict between Castleford Tigers and Huddersfield Giants.

Castleford are boosted by the return of Alex Mellor for the primary time since Easter after making his return from a knee damage in a mortgage outing for Betfred League One facet Midlands Hurricanes final weekend.

Liam Watts is again after a one-game ban too, however Paul McShane and Nathan Massey are suspended, whereas the departing Jake Trueman’s season is over after he suffered an ACL damage in final Friday’s win over the Giants.

The Rhinos, in the meantime, have been dealt an additional blow with the brand new Kruise Leeming out after choosing up a foot damage within the 62-16 win away to Hull FC. The skipper joins the suspended contingent of Zane Tetevano, Tom Holroyd, Bodene Thompson, Muizz Mustapha and Harry Newman on the sidelines.

“I feel final week simply confirmed there’s a excessive degree of talent and perception within the group,” Leeds head coach Rohan Smith stated.

Highlights of the match between Hull FC and Leeds Rhinos in the Betfred Super League.

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Highlights of the match between Hull FC and Leeds Rhinos within the Betfred Tremendous League.

Highlights of the match between Hull FC and Leeds Rhinos within the Betfred Tremendous League.

“We’re restricted to who we are able to select from [against Castleford], but it surely’s all the time about who’s taking part in slightly than who is not, so we’ll be there to compete on Saturday.”

Named squads

Castleford Tigers: Niall Evalds, Derrell Olpherts, Jake Mamo, Bureta Faraimo, Danny Richardson, Liam Watts, George Lawler, Kenny Edwards, Adam Milner, Joe Westerman, George Griffin, Mahe Fonua, Alex Sutcliffe, Daniel Smith, Greg Eden, Cheyse Blair, Suaia Matagi, Brad Martin, Jason Qareqare, Alex Mellor.

Leeds Rhinos: David Fusitu’a, Liam Sutcliffe, Ash Handley, Blake Austin, Aidan Sezer, Mikolaj Oledzki, Matt Prior, James Bentley, Rhyse Martin, Brad Dwyer, Richie Myler, Cameron Smith, Morgan Gannon, Sam Walters, Jarrod O’Connor, James Donaldson, Corey Johnson, Max Simpson, Jack Sinfield, Zak Hardaker.

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