18th May 2017, 14:22 | magic

Five of the Best: Magic Weekend Moments

Five of the Best: Magic Weekend Moments

With Magic Weekend just around the corner, today we take a look back at five brilliant tries from years gone by.

Jermaine McGillvary – Huddersfield v Catalans (2015)

In one of the most dramatic games the Magic Weekend has ever seen, McGillvary’s last minute try rescued the Giants a point against the Dragons.

Huddersfield looked comfortable in the match at 16-0 up but a double from Todd Carney and effort from Eloi Pelissier and Zeb Taia has spun the tables to give the French side the advantage.

But McGillvary had the last laugh as the ball was fed out to him on the wing, and he flew over in the corner with another impressive finish, allowing the ever-reliable Danny Brough the chance to kick for a pulsating 22-22 draw.


Adrian Morley – Warrington Wolves v St Helens (2013)

The Wire fans were in dreamland as Morley’s emphatic try capped off a memorable 44-28 thrashing of their rivals St Helens in Manchester three years ago.

After a brilliant break from Micky Higham, he offloaded to Morley who stormed through to score the last of eight tries to put the icing on the cake.

"The effort was tremendous,” said a thrilled Warrington coach, Tony Smith. “That is the standard that Super League games should be played at.”



David Hodgson –Hull KR v Hull FC (2012)

There was another dramatic late finish in the Hull derby at the Etihad Stadium at Magic Weekend in 2012, when Hodgson pinched a last-gasp try to secure a the win.

The winger shrugged off Brett Seymour’s tackle before galloping a full 40 metres down the flank and dived over to collect a pulsating 32-30 victory.

"As a player you dream about that scoring a last minute try to win the game,” said a delighted Craig Sandercock, then head coach of Hull KR. “We had let ourselves down but in the last 15 minutes everything we did turned to gold.”


Jarrod Sammut – Celtic Crusaders v Bradford Bulls (2010)

It was a great try in its own right, but the circumstances surrounding Sammut’s arrival at the Celtic Crusaders made it even more impressive.

After a delayed flight connection in Thailand, the Australian only arrived in Wrexham the day before the Crusaders’ Magic Weekend clash with Bradford. He got a couple hours’ worth of training in with his new team-mates before heading up to Edinburgh.

Then just a few minutes after stepping onto the pitch, the former Penrith Panthers man gained possession before kicking over Bradford’s back-line and a favourable bounce of the ball saw him fly over for a dream debut try.



Jacob Miller - Wakefield Trinity v Catalans Dragons

After a dramatic game which had swung this way and that, the scores were locked at 24-24 with just four minutes left. Catalans' Pat Richards had the chance to edge the Dragos ahead with a penalty from 40 yards, but the kicking expert astonishingly hit the upright.

Then from the next play, the ball ended up with Miller and on the final tackle, he took on an audatious attempt at a one-pointer from the halfway line at St James' Park.

To most of the stadium and his team-mates' surprise, the kick cleared the crossbar as Wakefield went onto clinch one of the most pulsating wins Super League has ever seen.


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