Hello and welcome along to our live Magic Weekend blog where we will have all the updates from Anfield.

This year will be Liverpool's first as host of the event, having previously being played in Newcastle, Manchester, Edinburgh and Cardiff.

Three Super League games will be played at the iconic home of Liverpool FC this afternoon, starting with an intriguing game between Catalans Dragons and Wakefield Trinity. Both sides sit near the top of the table and will be looking to underline their play-off credentials with a win over a direct rival.

That game will be followed by Hull FC against Huddersfield Giants, which is another that promises to have big repercussions one way or the other. Should FC pick up the two points they would build on the result of the season last time out, while Huddersfield are still in with a chance of claiming a top five spot.


A derby between Wigan Warriors and Warrington Wolves will round off Saturday's proceedings with both teams desperate for the points.

We'll be reporting live from Anfield all day.

Pundits predictions for Game Two

Paul Cooke (Ex-FC and KR player)

Huddersfield v Hull FC: The Giants looking to climb the table, the Black and Whites to pressure the top two, sat healthily in fourth spot. Radford’s men to pressurise the teams above them with a win in this one. Hull FC

Kirk Dixon (Ex-FC and Castleford player)

Huddersfield v Hull FC: The Black and Whites need to build on that fantastic win last week at Warrington. Huddersfield are a dangerous team but I see Hull having too much for them. Hull FC

James Smailes (Hull Daily Mail sports editor)

Huddersfield v Hull FC: The Black and Whites have got to back up last weekend’s win at the Wolves if they are to be considered genuine Grand Final contenders. Hull have to show some level of consistency in the second half of the season. It won’t be easy against the Giants who have the second best record at the Magic Weekend, but I think Lee Radford’s side will edge this one if they win that ruck battle that proved successful for Huddersfield last week. Hull FC

Richard Stead (BBC Radio Humberside commentator)

Huddersfield v Hull FC: Huddersfield have a decent record at the Magic Weekend, although I’m
not sure how reliable that statistic is (different venues etc). For Hull to win they need to continue where they left off against Warrington and shut down the Giants dummy half threat, which was
particularly potent against Hull KR last week and with Danny Houghton due to return I’m thinking they will. Hull FC

William Jackson (Hull FC reporter)

Hull vs Huddersfield: Hull underlined their credentials with a gritty win at Warrington and I can only see them building on that this weekend. Huddersfield are no mugs but the Black and Whites ought to be too strong. Hull FC

Craig Murdock (Ex-FC and KR player, rugby league agent)

Huddersfield v Hull FC. Hull with a huge win last week and I think they’ll get another this week. FC to win.

McNamara reaction

It was important to back up last week’s win. We’ve been guilty this season of performing and then not backing it up. We weren’t perfect today but we did enough. When we have been put under pressure this season we haven’t responded and we did that.

The players showed some grit there to scramble and find a way to win that game. We made a lot of poor decisions in the second half and made it tough for ourselves. We defended well enough apart from the one spell where they scored all their points.

Anfield is brilliant. This is a special place and I am really impressed by the stadium, hopefully there’s lots more big games to come.

That's the game

Catalans have scored in the last minute to secure the two points here at Anfield. It’s Ben Garcia who barges over for his second try of the game. The Dragons solidify third place and move to within two points of Warrington Wolves in second. The game finishes 25-18 to teh French side, Tony Gigot named as man of the match.

We’ll have reaction to come from both coaches, plus the build-up to Hull FC v Huddersfield Giants.

Is that the winner?

With just over two minutes remaining Tony Gigot has kicked a drop goal from distance to edge his side 19-18 ahead.

worrying news for Wakefield

Star man David Fifita has just hobbled down the tunnel on crutches and looks in some pain


We’ve traded tries here. Garcia thunders over for Catalans and now Jones-Bishop has touched down acrobatically in the corner.

It’s all-square with 10 minutes to go. 18-18

Wakefield level

Danny Kirmond with a big step after Hampshire escapes the defence. Hampshire makes it 12-12 and from nowhere Trinity are back in this. Then moments later Hampshire kicks a penalty and within seven minutes they have taken the lead in this game.

What a start to the second half

We’re back underway in game one and straight from kick-off Wakefield have scored their first points of the game and now trail Catalans 12-6.

Mason Caton-Brown shows great pace to race free down the left, Jacob Miller follows up in support and passes to Kyle Wood for the try. Ryan Hampshire converts.

Team news Huddersfield v Hull FC

The teams have been announced for the second game of the day which starts at 4.30pm.

For Hull FC there is a long-awaited return for Josh Bowden following a year on the sidelines.

There’s no Danny Houghton, though. The hooker misses out once again with Danny Wasbrook in his position for the second successive week.

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

Bench: Josh Bowden, Chris Green, Sika Manu, Brad Fash.

Huddersfield Giants: Darnell McIntosh, Jermain McGillvary, Jordan Turner, Jacob Wardle, Innes Senior, Lee Gaskell, Oliver Russell, Adam O’Brien, Suaia Matagi, Joe Wardle, Aaron Murphy.

Bench: Kruise Leeming, Paul Clough, Michael Lawrence, Ukuma Ta’ai

Warrington fans making plenty of noise

They’re housed in the Anfield Road end of the stadium and there’s plenty of them.

Tony Gigot with eight points so far

His efforts have seen Catalans look reasonably comfortable so far.

Catalans' Tony Gigot kicks for goal against Wakefield at Magic Weekend
Catalans' Tony Gigot kicks for goal against Wakefield at Magic Weekend (Image: Alex Whitehead/SWpix.com)

Half-time in game one!

It’s Wakefield 0-12 Catalans. The French fans are making plenty of noise as the hooter goes. They’re on track to move to within two points of the top two.

Catalans stretch their lead

Gigot stretches Catalans’ lead with a penalty kick in front of the posts.


Tony Gigot gets over for Catalans and referee Scott Mikalauskas points for the try, Wakefield fans aren’t happy, though, as there appeared to be a forward pass in the build up. Gigot converts his own try. The French are starting to build a strong lead.

Action from Anfield

Catalans looking the more dangerous of the two sides at present. David Mead has just been held up by some fine Wakefield defence.

Catalans' Matty Smith is tackled by Wakefield's George King and Danny Kirmond.
Catalans' Matty Smith is tackled by Wakefield's George King and Danny Kirmond.


Catalans get the first try of Magic Weekend! Fouad Yaha gets on the end of a teasing grubber and touches down in the corner for the French outfit.

Gigot misses the conversion. Wakefield 0-4 Catalans


Catalans spread the ball and Yaha gets over in the corner. However, the referee thinks it’s not a try and the video replay agrees that the winger is held up. NO TRY

The teams are in the sheds

Wakefield and Catalans have completed their warm ups, Magic Weekend is nearly underway!

Pundits tips for first game

Paul Cooke (Ex-FC and KR player)

Catalans v Wakefield: Catalans are flying high in third spot, Wakefield were destroyed by London last time out. Will the Dragons keep up the pressure on the top two or will Wakefield respond in the best possible manner? Dragons win for me.

Kirk Dixon (Ex-FC and Castleford player)

Catalans v Wakefield: Wakey have struggled the past couple of weeks and Catalans are finding form now the dry weather is with us. Trinity will need to control Catalans’ huge pack to stand any chance. Catalans

James Smailes (Hull Daily Mail sports editor)

Catalans v Wakefield: The Dragons are in a season-high third place and know a win here will have them putting pressure on Warrington in second, but they’ll have to overcome a Wakefield side who will be desperate for a response following a second poor display of the season in London. I’m leaning towards the French outfit in what I think will be a close encounter to kick off Magic Weekend. Catalans

Richard Stead (BBC Radio Humberside commentator)

Catalans v Wakefield: No Bird, McIlorum or Tomkins for the Dragons makes a tricky task
against Wakefield, wounded by London, even trickier. I’ll pick
Trinity, despite injury issues of their own, to win. Wakefield

Nick Pinkney (Ex-KR and Challenge Cup winner)

Catalans v Wakefield: I fancy Catalans to get the win in this one as I think they’re form is improving week on week. Catalans

Craig Murdock (Ex-FC and KR player, rugby league agent)

Catalans v Wakefield. Wakey with a point to prove after a poor display last week. I think they’ll get the win but you never know which Dragons will turn up. Wakefield

The warm ups are underway

Wakefield have started warming up to their crucial clash against Catalans.