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Super League - Rugby League: Alex Hilton's Magic Weekend tips

It's one of Super League's marquee weekends ahead as all the teams line-up for Magic Weekend and Alex Hilton has picked out his best bets for the two days on Tyneside.

Castleford Tigers to beat Leeds Rhinos
@ 11/10
1pt win

Salford Red Devils +6 v Huddersfield Giants
@ 1/1
2pts win

Catalans Dragons -6 v Warrington Wolves
@ 5/6
2pts win

Hull KR to win by one to 12 points v Hull FC
@ 7/4 
1pt win
 
The Super League Magic Weekend takes place at St James' Park this weekend with the highlights being the derby tussles between St Helens and Wigan, Castleford v Leeds and Hull KR v Hull FC.
 
It promises to be a fantastic weekend of rugby league action and here is our expert view of how things may unfold on Saturday and Sunday.

What:Magic Weekend
Where:

St James' Park, Newcastle

When:

Saturday 9th July - Sunday 10th July

How to watch:

Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Action and Sky Sports Mix

Warriors geared up to take spoils in derby battle

This mouthwatering contest never disappoints and features the best attack in Super League, Wigan, taking on the league's tightest defence in defending champions St Helens.

These two are bang in form and Saints are odds-on favourites at 8/15 but in reality the outcome could swing either way.

Wigan had the edge when these two last met, winning 20-18 in May's Betfred Challenge Cup semi-final but St Helens had the measure of their old foes with a commanding 22-4 victory on Good Friday.

Wigan are rampant right now, scoring at a rate of 28.2 points per game, while Saints are conceding just over 11 point per fixture so this could be a pulsating affair with the Warriors just fancied to find the edge in this tea-time delight.

Tigers to show their claws against old enemy

West Yorkshire rivals Castleford and Leeds enjoyed impressive wins last week but this could be a cagey contest.

Castleford saw off highflying Huddersfield Giants while Leeds hammered Hull FC in an 11-try blitz of the Black & Whites at the MKM Stadium.

The Tigers are on a roll, winning three on the bounce, and have won four of the last five meetings with the Rhinos, including a 16-14 victory the last time they met in round nine.

Lee Radford has taken time to get to grips with things at the Jungle but Cas look the more settled side at the moment, while Leeds remain a work in progress under new coach Rohan Smith.

This could be a cagey affair with the Tigers fancied to nick it in the closing match of the day.

Red Devils to cut Giants down to size

Day two of the Magic Weekend in Newcastle kicks off with an interesting contest between two in-form sides.

Salford stunned Warrington last week with their come from behind victory and they could make a nuisance of themselves against Huddersfield on Tyneside.

The Giants had taken huge strides in recent weeks but saw a six-game winning streak ended by Castleford last time out and they won't find the Red Devils pushovers after they battled to a 32-24 win over the Wolves having been 24-4 down at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.

Salford have had the better of it in this fixture recently, winning three of the last four meetings, and they have joined the Giants as the third-highest scorers in the division.

Challenge Cup runners-up Huddersfield have won six of their last seven league matches but the Red Devils look the best bet with the handicap start.

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Dragons can keep the Wolves from the door

A miserable season just keeps on getting worse for Warrington who find themselves down in tenth spot and they are once again licking their wounds following their demoralising collapse against Salford last Sunday.

Catalans got back to winning ways with an impressive win over St Helens and should be too strong here as they look to get their title tilt back on track.

The Dragons have the second-best defence in Super League this season conceding just 237 points in 17 matches and they can keep the Wolves from the door.

The French raiders have won the last two meetings, the most recent by a 32-point margin, and although things may be closer this time around a six-point handicap looks more than manageable.

Robins won't be sobbing after Hull derby

As the curtain comes down on Magic Weekend for another year the Hull derby takes centre stage as the final match in Newcastle and it is difficult to pick a winner from these two strugglers.

Preference here is for Hull KR to come out on top given FC's inability to score points following playmaker Jake O'Connor's season-ending injury.

Injuries and suspensions have severely weakened the Black & Whites, who have dipped into the loan market to reinforce their squad having lost their last four league matches.

They have posted just 24 points and conceded 102 in their last three outings in a miserable period for Brett Hodgson's men.

KR haven't fared much better and were beaten at bottom of the table Toulouse last week, prompting head coach Tony Smith to leave his post early following his intention to leave at the end of the season.

Danny Maguire takes charge of Rovers but this could be an ugly affair, with both sides out of sorts, with the Robins fancied to edge to their second victory over their bitter rivals in 2022.

By Alex Hilton

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