25th May 2019, 21:12 | magic_weekend
Day One of the Dacia Magic Weekend certainly delivered with Warrington Wolves ending Wigan Warriors' Magic Weekend winning run, Huddersfield Giants continuing theirs in dominant fashion over Hull FC and Catalans Dragons edging out Wakefield Trinity to bolster their play-off ambitions.
Catalans Dragons maintained the pressure on Warrington Wolves with a hard-fought 25-18 victory over Wakefield Trinity in the opening game of the 2019 Magic Weekend.
Tony Gigot was pivotal to the Dragons victory scoring a try, earning two try-assists, kicking three goals and eventually slotting a crucial drop-goal five minutes from time.
Gigot put boot to ball before Fouad Yaha planted the ball down to open the scoring after 15 minutes. The full-back would then score himself with winger Yaha this time providing the assist back on the inside. Gigot added a penalty goal to give the French side a 0-12 lead at half-time.
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And 1⃣ MASSIVE match-winning drop goal!
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Chris Chester’s half-time team talk certainly stirred Trinity who came out and managed to comeback to take the lead inside the first seven minutes of the second half.
Mason Caton-Brown broke down the left-hand side before finding Jacob Miller and Kyle Wood in support with the latter getting Wakefield on the scoreboard. Danny Kirkmond soon powered over before Ryan Hampshire’s penalty goal put Trinity narrowly ahead.
The lead only lasted eight minutes, however. Benjamin Garcia forced his way over after Samisoni Langi and Gigot linked-up well. With twelve minutes remaining, Wakefield drew level as Hampshire found Max Jowitt in space who threw the ball wide to Ben Jones-Bishop to finish.
But it would be Catalans’ day thanks to a Gigot masterclass as he slotted a drop-goal from 40 metres out with four minutes left. Garcia would crash over a second in the final minute to ensure a Dragons victory.
Huddersfield Giants hammered Hull FC to maintain their magnificent Magic Weekend record and make it seven consecutive victories at the event.
Adam O’Brien, Darnell McIntosh and Jermaine McGillvary all grabbed doubles alongside scores from Joe Wardle, Jake Wardle, Alex Mellor and Aaron Murphy in a ten-try rout.
Joe Wardle was first to cross as he got to an Oliver Russell kick before brother Jake went over ten minutes later. O’Brien notched his first of the game midway through the half as he burrowed over from close-range.
McIntosh furthered the Giants’ lead when he came on to Lee Gaskell’s pass at pace and bounced off the Hull FC defenders. Russell added a drop-goal with three minutes of the half remaining, but this was cancelled out by Marc Sneyd’s late penalty goal.
Despite getting on the board before the break, Hull were immediately on the backfoot once more when O’Brien barged over for his second of the afternoon. McIntosh would soon join him on two tries when he was too strong for the FC defence.
Mellor would power his way over before Murphy ghosted through Hull’s defensive line to set-up McGillvary. The winger returned the favour with ten minutes remaining as he palmed a cross-field kick down to Murphy before notching his second of the game in the dying stages.
Warrington Wolves inflicted Wigan Warriors’ first defeat at the Magic Weekend since 2008 thanks to a flash of brilliance from Blake Austin and Declan Patton’s boot.
Steve Price’s side took a six-point lead into half-time at Anfield. Zak Hardaker kicked a penalty goal after 15 minutes, but Warrington soon hit back with the first try of the game.
Tom Lineham found space out wide before stabbing the ball back inside with inch-perfect accuracy finding an onrushing Patton who planted the ball down. The half-back would follow up with a successful conversion before kicking a penalty goal in the closing stages of the first half.
It was Wigan who started the stronger after the interval as Sean O’Loughlin and George Williams linked-up to find Joe Burgess out wide with the winger finishing well despite the best efforts of two Wolves defenders. A Hardaker penalty would level the scores after 52 minutes.
However, just a minute later, a magic moment from Austin would give Warrington the edge as the Australian half took the ball at pace, found room behind the ruck and raced 40 metres to score evading the challenges of three Wigan defenders.
Warrington would further their lead on the hour-mark as Josh Charnley made a half-break before offloading to a supporting Toby King who’d finish from inside his own half. Patton followed up with two more penalty goals to confirm a Warrington victory.
Willie Isa did grab a late try for Wigan, but it was too little too late for Adrian Lam’s men.
Day One Teams:
Wakefield Trinity: Max Jowitt, Ben Jones-Bishop, Reece Lyne, Junior Sa’u, Mason Caton-Brown; Jacob Miller, Ryan Hampshire; David Fifita, Kyle Wood, Craig Kopczak, Matty Ashurst, Danny Kirkmond, George King. Interchanges: James Batchelor, Anthony England, Tyler Randell, Kelepi Tanginoa.
Catalans Dragons: Tony Gigot, Fouad Yaha, David Mead, Brayden Williame, Lewis Tierney; Samisoni Langi, Matty Smith; Julian Bousquet, Alrix Da Costa, Sam Moa, Matt Whitley, Ben Garcia, Remi Casty. Interchanges: Kenny Edwards, Mickael Simon, Jason Baitieri, Sam Kasiano.
Huddersfield Giants: Darnell McIntosh, Jermaine McGillvary, Jordan Turner, Jacob Wardle, Innes Senior; Lee Gaskell, Oliver Russell; Matty English, Adam O’Brien, Suaia Matagi, Joe Wardle, Alex Mellor, Aaron Murphy. Interchanges: Kruise Leeming, Paul Clough, Michael Lawrence, Ukuma Ta’ai.
Hull FC: Jamie Shaul, Kieran Buchanan, Josh Griffin, Jake Connor, Ratu Naulago; Albert Kelly, Marc Sneyd; Scott Taylor, Danny Washbrook, Mickey Paea, Dean Hadley, Mark Minichiello, Joe Westerman. Interchanges: Josh Bowden, Chris Green, Sika Manu, Brad Fash.
Wigan Warriors: Zak Hardaker, Chris Hankinson, Dan Sarginson, Oliver Gildart, Joe Burgess; George Williams, Sean O’Loughlin; Ben Flower, Jake Shorrocks, Joe Bullock, Willie Isa, Joe Greenwood, Tony Clubb. Interchanges: Taulima Tautai, Morgan Smithies, Jarrod Sammut, Oliver Partington.
Warrington Wolves: Jake Mamo, Tom Lineham, Bryson Goodwin, Toby King, Josh Charnley; Blake Austin, Declan Patton; Chris Hill, Daryl Clark, Mike Cooper, Ben Currie, Jack Hughes, Joe Philbin. Interchanges: Ben Murdoch-Masila, Jason Clark, Sitaleki Akauola, Danny Walker.