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Summary

  1. FT: Leeds 12-27 Wigan
  2. Leeds tries: Cuthbertson, Moon
  3. Wigan tries: Sarginson, Williams, Burgess, Bowen 2
  4. FT: Hull FC 46-20 Hull KR
  5. FT: Salford 16-38 Widnes

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By Nathan Middleton and Andrew Aloia

All times stated are UK

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Three down, three to go...

Leeds v Wigan
Matt Newsum/BBC Sport

So the first day of this season's Magic Weekend is over.

In front of a crowd of more than 40,000 at St. James' Park, there were victories for Widnes, Hull FC and Wigan.

We'll be back tomorrow from 12:30 BST with live text and radio commentaries of the remaining three fixtures in Newcastle. Be sure to join us then.

How things look after the first day of Magic Weekend

FT: Leeds Rhinos 12-27 Wigan Warriors

Super League Top Six
BBC

This is how things look after today's matches. Wigan move up to second with victory over Super League leaders Leeds Rhinos.

However, St Helens can edge back into second spot and to within a point of Leeds if they can get the better of Warrington on day two of Magic Weekend on Sunday (15:15 BST).

FT: Leeds Rhinos 12-27 Wigan Warriors

Wigan Warriors head coach Shaun Wane tells Sky Sports:

"It was outstanding. I put the lads under a bit of pressure this week and they really showed up and defended tough.

"I thought Leeds showed outstanding skills with the ball, they're a fantastic team.

"Last week was a blip, I hope, and that performance goes a little bit to getting rid of that game.

"Matty Bowen is an outstanding individual and an even better man - the skill he showed today was unbelievable."

FT: Leeds Rhinos 12-27 Wigan Warriors

Wigan Warriors stand-off George Williams, who was named man-of-the-match, tells Sky Sports: "That was class. The boys dug deep.

"We had a real soul-searching chat this and week after Catalans and I think you've seen the real Wigan there."

On his try: "I was a bit shocked when I went for it, it was always nice to get over and beat Zak Hardaker to get to the corner."

Full time

Leeds Rhinos 12-27 Wigan Warriors

After back-to-back losses, Wigan make it three wins from three against Leeds in Magic Weekend fixtures.

They head up to second in Super League, as they prevent the league leaders from scoring in the second 40 minutes with some brilliant defending.

DROP-GOAL

Leeds Rhinos 12-27 Wigan Warriors (Smith)

With both teams tiring, Matty Smith just makes sure of the win. From slightly right of centre around 25 metres out, the England scrum-half slots the one-pointer for Wigan.

TRY

Leeds Rhinos 12-26 Wigan Warriors (Bowen, goal Smith)

And that's the game-sealing try for Wigan, who have been superb in this second half.

Matty Bowen, who has been excellent tonight, races through to gather Matty Smith's superbly weighted kick along the ground and the Australian stretches to the ball and just about keeps his fingertips on it to touch down.

Can he get another one before full-time to make it three hat-tricks in the three games today?

Leeds Rhinos 12-20 Wigan Warriors

After pressure in defence, Wigan show their hand in attack.

Following a couple of drives forward the grubber kick comes bouncing into the in-goal area and all Kallum Watkins can do is palm it out for a drop out underneath the sticks.

Leeds Rhinos 12-20 Wigan Warriors

It seems unthinkable that this Wigan side conceded 10 tries at Catalans last week.

Leeds, throwing the ball around trying to find a gap in the the Warriors line, just cannot find the space to work in and that's because of the pressure they are being put under.

Leeds Rhinos 12-20 Wigan Warriors

Francis Cummins

Ex-Bradford coach on BBC Radio Leeds

Ben Flower
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"This game is a different league and different level to those before it. These players will be sore in the morning."

Widnes beat Salford 38-16 in the Magic Weekend opener and Hull FC eased to a record 46-20 win over city rivals Rovers in the second game of the day.

Leeds Rhinos 12-20 Wigan Warriors

Wigan will move up to second in the Super League table if they can hold on, and will close the gap to leaders Leeds to just two points.

Leeds Rhinos 12-20 Wigan Warriors

Another wasted opportunity for Leeds as Ash Handley has grass to run into down the right wing.

Despite having support inside, he opts for a kick ahead and Matty Bowen pounces on the ball.

Leeds Rhinos 12-20 Wigan Warriors

Kallum Watkins
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The Super League leaders have looked unusually out of ideas at times with ball in hand when confronted with the Wigan wall of defence.

The likes of Ryan Hall and Kallum Watkins are yet to spark, but there is still only eight points separating the two teams...

Leeds Rhinos 12-20 Wigan Warriors

So close for Leeds getting their first try of this second half.

First, Ash Handley runs from deep and shows a turn of pace to race through the Wigan defence and, just as he is tackled, does not see Rob Burrow on a supporting line on his inside.

Zak Hardaker then goes close but is brought down a couple of metres out.

Leeds Rhinos 12-20 Wigan Warriors

Rugby league journalist Tony Hannan on BBC Radio Manchester: "We talked in the first half about how Wigan were applying pressure and blowing it. Exactly the same thing's happened there from the Leeds perspective.

"Zak Hardaker, who's had a good game, put his young winger Ash Handley under pressure. Matty Bowen was on hand 20 metres from his own line, he went the rest of the way and nobody was going to catch him."

Leeds Rhinos 12-20 Wigan Warriors

Joe Burgess
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Wigan's third try, scored by Joe Burgess just before half-time, gave the Warriors a crucial half-time lead, and Matty Bowen's effort has extended that advantage.

Can Leeds find a way back in the last 20 minutes?

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Leeds Rhinos 12-20 Wigan Warriors (Bowen, goal Smith)

A decent time to score your first try of the season.

Leeds try to keep the ball alive and as they throw the ball out wide, Joe Burgess clatters into Ash Handley, causing him to spill the ball backwards.

Full-back Matty Bowen is the grateful recipient and, despite not being the quickest, has the legs to sprint most of the field to place down under the sticks.

Leeds Rhinos 12-14 Wigan Warriors

A sight of the try line for Leeds but Ash Handley is unable to gather from Kallum Watkins' offload five metres out.

It was the double tackle from Wigan try scorers Joe Burgess and George Williams putting Handley under pressure, causing him to knock on.

Leeds Rhinos 12-14 Wigan Warriors

George Williams
PA

George Williams looks really in the mood this evening.

Excellent feet again to break through the Leeds defence, but Ryan Hall covering brings him down.

From Wigan's kick through, Zak Hardaker gathers the ball along the ground and makes good yards running away from his try line.

Leeds Rhinos 12-14 Wigan Warriors

Rob Burrow into the action and immediately does what he does best, with a darting run from dummy half pushing Wigan backwards.

The smallest man in Super League will look to spark Leeds into life, as they have not looked threatening since the break.

Leeds Rhinos 12-14 Wigan Warriors

Wigan look dangerous in broken play again when running from deep.

A long kick from Kevin Sinfield turns the back line but Matty Bowen runs it back with intent before feeding Joe Burgess. After a couple of dancing steps, he gives it to Josh Charnley as they reach the halfway line.

The Warriors' good work is wasted, though, when Connor Farrell spills the ball forward.

Leeds Rhinos 12-14 Wigan Warriors

Matt Newsum

BBC Sport at St. James' Park

"Much cooler in the stadium now for the second half. A record crowd of 40,871 has been announced and the majority are still here. Leeds fans arguably the noisier of the two teams currently in action, but much credit goes to the Widnes support who are still here!"

Their win over Salford seems a long time ago...

Leeds Rhinos 12-14 Wigan Warriors

Oh dear Dan Sarginson.

A brilliant high take from Wigan winger Joe Burgess from a box kick, he feeds Sarginson with the try line gaping and for some reason he knocks on. First sniff of a try from either side in the second half.

Leeds Rhinos 12-14 Wigan Warriors

Michael McIlorum
PA

Some crunching hits at the start of the second half.

The intensity in defence and the power of the tackling was a feature of the first half, and both teams have come out fired up again.

Kick-off

Leeds Rhinos 12-14 Wigan Warriors

Leeds kick deep towards Wigan and the final half of rugby is under way for today.

HT: Leeds Rhinos 12-14 Wigan Warriors

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recordNew record

HT: Leeds Rhinos 12-14 Wigan Warriors

Wigan fans
PA

The attendance confirmed at 40,871 means that the Newcastle leg of Magic Weekend is the highest ever since the format came in nine years ago.

The previous record was 36,339 set at Manchester City's Etihad Stadium last year.

Who says that rugby league is just for the M62 corridor?

Earlier today...

Saturday: Hull FC 46-20 Hull KR

Fetuli Talanoa
PA

Fetuli Talanoa became the day's second hat-trick hero, his first Super League treble giving Hull FC a

46-20 victory over Hull KR in their Magic Weekend derby.

Kirk Yeaman added a brace for the Black and Whites, while Kieran Dixon and Josh Mantellato crossed twice for the Robins.

Earlier today...

Saturday: Salford 16-38 Widnes

Kevin Brown
PA

Widnes captain Kevin Brown inspired the Vikings to a

38-16 win over Salford, who had Darrell Griffin sent off just before half-time.

Brown scored a hat-trick of tries, while Patrick Ah Van crossed twice, as Widnes eased to victory.

HT: Leeds Rhinos 12-14 Wigan Warriors

Francis Cummins

Ex-Bradford coach on BBC Radio Leeds

"Leeds will be disappointed with their game management, and that is something that will need to be improved.

"I thought Wigan looked really shocked for a lot of that first half after the first 10 minutes. But Leeds haven't really driven it home and turned the screw on this Wigan side.

"They have allowed them to come back in it, gain field position and allowed them to play. And now Wigan have their tails up here."

HT: Leeds Rhinos 12-14 Wigan Warriors

Paul Aiton
SWPIX.COM

A topsy-turvy match and you'd think the lead could carry on changing.

Dan Sarginson's early score gave Wigan advantage on the scoreboard, but Leeds rallied with Adam Cuthbertson and Joel Moon giving them the advantage.

Long-range scores from youngsters George Williams and Joe Burgess have though given the Warriors a slender two-point advantage.

It's almost a shame there's only 40 minutes left to play.

Half-time

Leeds Rhinos 12-14 Wigan Warriors

The blue riband game of Saturday is certainly living up to the billing. Wigan's third try of the game on the stroke of half-time has given them the momentum.

Leeds Rhinos 12-14 Wigan Warriors

Joe Burgess
PA

Rugby league journalist Tony Hannan on BBC Radio Manchester: "We were saying we were likely to see something remarkable and that's exactly what we saw. Once Joe Burgess gets up a head of steam, he's very difficult to stop. That's why the NRL want him so badly."

Winger Burgess is heading to Sydney Roosters at the end of the season.

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Leeds Rhinos 12-14 Wigan Warriors (Burgess, goal Smith)

Joe Burgess
PA

This is a classic Wigan try.

A deep kick is gathered by Matty Bowen who runs over halfway towards the Leeds line, before finding a sprinting Joe Burgess on his left shoulder.

He bursts through the defensive line, steps around the last defender and strolls in under the posts.

Leeds Rhinos 12-8 Wigan Warriors

Great work from Michael McIlorum pressing Leeds in defence and Wigan get the head and feed.

The Warriors go through a few sets closing in on the try line, before Matty Smith knocks on to relieve the pressure for Leeds.

Leeds Rhinos 12-8 Wigan Warriors

James Deighton

BBC Radio Leeds commentator

George Williams
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"Looks like there is more of Williams out than in. It is really hard to tell. The try has been given and that feels a little cruel on Leeds."

Leeds Rhinos 12-8 Wigan Warriors

Trevor Hunt

BBC Radio Manchester

"George Williams backed himself and Wigan are right back in this."

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Leeds Rhinos 12-8 Wigan Warriors (Williams, missed goal Smith)

George Williams
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Made and finished by George Williams this.

From 40 metres out, he pushes through some weak tackling and then backs himself in a race to the corner with Zak Hardaker.

After a long look with the video referee, the try is given, as Hardaker made a brilliant effort to try to drag Williams into touch.

Leeds Rhinos 12-4 Wigan Warriors

Golden opportunity for Wigan to score their second try, but they just seem to have lost a clinical touch.

A powerful run gets Joel Tomkins eight metres from the try line down the right wing, but as the Warriors try to use the ball quickly, they knock on.

Leeds Rhinos 12-4 Wigan Warriors

Zak Hardaker
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Whatever Joe Burgess can do, so can Zak Hardaker.

A Wigan kick finds the Leeds full-back deep in his in-goal area and he somehow manages to wriggle around a couple of challenges and place the ball outside the goal area so Leeds have a set of six on their own try line.

Danny McGuire goes on a surging run over the halfway line, but he knocks on in the tackle just as he is about to pass.