A win for Warrington Wolves would see them end the evening back on top of Super League, a win for the Rhinos, however unlikely, would still see them end the round at the bottom of Super League.
Warrington were back at the Halliwell-Jones after being stunned by Castleford in Newcastle last weekend and looking to get back to winning ways. The Rhinos were hoping for just their fourth win in sixteen Super League XXI outings.
Both sides made numerous changes from last weeks sides but the bookies could only see one winner.
The Mend-a-Hose Jungle was the venue for Castleford Tigers against Wigan Warriors in what was arguably the game of round sixteen of Super League XXI.
Both sides emerged from the Magic Weekend with good wins, the Tigers with a sensational fightback against Warrington and Wigan comfortably over the hapless Leeds Rhinos. Wigan had a chance to back to joint top while the Tigers were looking for the two points to get themselves up into sixth spot ahead of near neighbours the Wakefield Trinity Wildcats.
The bookies were struggling to pick a winner with Wigan slight favourites.
While Super League grabbed all of the headlines with its Magic weekend in Newcastle the important business of the Championship continued unabated with the race for the top four places ahead of the split into three divisions.
Round fifteen saw two Friday games at Halifax and Sheffield while the rest of the round completed on Sunday with fixtures at Dewsbury, London, Swinton and Workington.
The grand finale of the Magic Weekend in Newcastle pitted the red and white, against the black and white sides of Hull as FC took on KR.
Hull FC were big favourites to win the game, a feat which would see them ending the weekend all alone, two points clear at the top of the Super League table. A win for KR would give their supporters the bragging rights but would also give them an all-important two points to get them to within a point of the top eight.
One half of Hull would be going home happy.
Two sides came into Magics' game five with two very different motivations. A win for the Saints would see them join four other sides on twenty points at the top of the pile, but a loss for the Giants would mean that it would be very difficult for them to make the top eight ahead of the split.
Saints had won their last three in Super League but none of them convincingly whereas Huddersfield narrowly lost to the Dragons last week after consecutive victories over fellow strugglers Leeds.
Day two of a magical weekend saw the mouthwatering prospect of the clash of two Super Leagues two form teams. Wakefield Trinity Wildcats had the chance to go back into sixth spot but the bookies favourites were the Catalans Dragons who had a chance to go two points clear atop the top of the table.
Both of these sides have shown fantastic form over recent weeks with the Catalans registering nine wins in their last ten outings in all competitions, while Wakefield have won eight in their last nine games.
The Newcastle stage was set for a belter.
Game three of the Magic weekend was a repeat of the 2015 Grand Final at Old Trafford. On that night the Rhinos achieved the treble against today's opposition, the Wigan Warriors, but what a difference seven months make, as the Rhinos currently sit bottom of the league.
Both sides were without a catalogue of superstars, and came into the game on the back of defeats last weekend. Recent Rhinos casualties included Burrow and Delaney and were forced to name Jamie Jones-Buchanan at hooker.
All the smart money was on the the Warriors as they pushed to join a whole host of teams on twenty Super League points.
It was top placed Warrington Wolves against seventh placed Castleford Tigers in game two from St James' Park in Newcastle.
Larne Patrick failed a late fitness test for Castleford handing Danny Tickle his first start for his new team. Ryan Bailey was making his debut in Primrose and Blue.
Warrington were looking to bounce back after last weekends defeat at the hands of Wakefield Wildcats and maintain their top of the table position.
The magnificent Magic weekend got off to a cracking start as the Reds Devils took on the Widnes Vikings as the race for the Super League top eight gathered pace.
Kevin Brown returned to skipper the Vikings who came into this fixture on the back of seven straight wins which had seem them drop from the top of the league into eight spot. The Red Devils have won the same number of games as the Vikings in 2016 but find themselves six points behind after a points deduction.
The middle eights are beckoning with it looking increasingly likely that the top four in the Kingstone Press Championship will have a chance to test themselves against the likes of last year’s Super League Champions Leeds Rhinos, and the Huddersfield Giants.
Leigh Centurions and London Broncos were looking to round thirteen to maintain their margin at the top, while Bradford Bulls, Featherstone Rovers, Halifax and Batley Bulldogs had hopes of finishing the round in one of the top four berths.
We had two games on Saturday and four on Sunday and it was a round which dealt a couple of minor upsets.
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