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Summary

  1. FT: Castleford 56-16 Wakefield
  2. Castleford's Solomona gets four, Gibson three
  3. Wakefield name Brian Smith as head coach
  4. FT: St Helens 20-16 Warrington
  5. FT: Catalans 22-22 Huddersfield

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By Andrew Aloia and Phil Cartwright

All times stated are UK

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A Magic Weekend in Newcastle

Salford v Widnes
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Thanks for your company during this, the ninth edition of Magic Weekend.

We've had four hat-tricks, a red card, plenty of points, great comebacks and a thrilling last-gasp draw over the past two days.

A record cumulative attendance of almost 68,000 would suggest Newcastle has been an excellent host.

Remember, you can watch highlights of all this weekend's action on the Super League Show tomorrow night at 23:25 BST on BBC One, and throughout the week on the BBC iPlayer.

FT: Castleford 56-16 Wakefield

Denny Solomona
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Castleford Tigers winger Denny Solomona, who scored four tries, told Sky Sports: "It was pretty good and a great atmosphere in Newcastle.

"They came out firing and we expected that. We just needed to stick to our game plan. We let them back in and they rocked the boat from there."

FT: Castleford 56-16 Wakefield

James Deighton

BBC Radio Leeds commentator

"That's as comprehensive a result as we've seen at any Magic Weekend. Wakefield left to lick their wounds, Castleford back to winning ways and they're purring once again."

Full time

Castleford 56-16 Wakefield

Castleford Tigers have thrashed Super League's bottom side Wakefield, running in 10 tries to complete this exhausting, exhilarating Magic Weekend in Newcastle.

TRY (Gibson, goal Gale)

Castleford 56-16 Wakefield

Well, the video referee makes the call on something that was plain to see. Ashley Gibson stretches over to complete his treble.

Just moments earlier, it looked as if Liam Finn was going to notch up one of his own, but somehow he slipped and was wrapped up.

Castleford 50-16 Wakefield

Ashley Gibson for a hat-trick of his own now?

TRY (Gale, goal Gale)

Castleford 50-16 Wakefield

Wakefield
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Denny Solomona can make them as well as he can finish them. The winger explodes through Wakefield's defensive line, then links up with Oliver Holmes, who then moves the ball onto Luke Gale to score.

Gale steps up to knock over the conversion and bring up a half century for the Tigers. Wakefield look well beaten.

Castleford 44-16 Wakefield

Staring down a potential record-making try, Denny Solomona is bundled into touch.

Put that milestone on hold...

Castleford 44-16 Wakefield

Castleford are just easing through their sets at the moment. They eat through 69 metres before putting in a kick that Chris Riley collects in goal. It's a goal-line dropout and the attack is on again.

Castleford 44-16 Wakefield

Line up Tigers, the try line is begging. Nathan Massey knocks on as Castleford close in again.

Castleford 44-16 Wakefield

Denny Solomona
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Two players have scored five tries in a Magic Weekend fixture before - Warrington's Joel Monaghan and Leeds' Danny McGuire, both in Manchester three years ago.

Denny Solomona has four tries already - is he about to join that select group?

TRY (Solomona, goal Gale)

Castleford 44-16 Wakefield

Luke Gale with the high kick and between them Richard Owen and Tom Johnstone make a mess of it. Waiting to pounce is Denny Solomona, who is having a crackerjack day, to get his fourth try.

Castleford 38-16 Wakefield

Francis Cummins

Ex-Bradford coach on BBC Radio Leeds

"Ashley Gibson, with a one-handed grip, finds the corner and it's great skill from him."

TRY (Gibson, goal Gale)

Castleford 38-16 Wakefield

Castleford centre Jake Webster holds two defenders at bay a few metres out and, with a spin, finds Ashley Gibson lurking. The winger goes in for his second score in quick succession.

Castleford 32-16 Wakefield

Castleford hooker Adam Milner leaves the field holding onto his nose in an attempt to stem a stream of blood. It has been a tough old day for combatants today.

Milner had come on early to replace Scott Moore, who went off after a head clash with Scott Anderson.

Castleford 32-16 Wakefield

Is that sixth Castleford Tigers try enough to break Wakefield's resolve?

It is a long way back for the Wildcats, but we have seen some great fightbacks today, from Catalans Dragons and Huddersfield sharing the spoils to St Helens overcoming Warrington.

TRY (Gibson)

Castleford 32-16 Wakefield

Castleford fans
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That kick-off allows Castleford to go back up field and pile the pressure on.

Mike McMeeken does a step and shuffle with tacklers gathering around him and then he finds Jake Webster who pushes the ball to Ashley Gibson to sneak over unchallenged.

Castleford 28-16 Wakefield

Wakefield's kick-off is long, too long, and goes dead to put Castleford back in possession.

Castleford 28-16 Wakefield

Francis Cummins

Ex-Bradford coach on BBC Radio Leeds

"Oh dear. It was a nice kick from Luke Gale, took a check of a bounce and Denny Solomona wasn't that interested in the first 10 metres. He upped his pace and Richard Owen's come up with an error that really hurts his team. He perhaps took too much time and his team have paid the price."

TRY (Solomona, goal Gale)

Castleford 28-16 Wakefield

Denny Solomona
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Luke Gale kick to the corner bounces awkwardly and holds up in front of Richard Owen and the Wakefield winger slips to see Denny Solomona run in his hat-trick.

Castleford 22-16 Wakefield

Wakefield receive a goal-line drop-out after Jordan Tansey fails to deal with a kick from Tim Smith.

Castleford 22-16 Wakefield

Castleford's Jordan Tansey too eager with the try line in sight and as he tried to pull himself up to meet a pass he slips and the attack comes to nothing.

Castleford 22-16 Wakefield

Ashley Gibson
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Controlled early exchanges in the second half, but both Castleford and Wakefield attacks lack real bite.

Adam Milner tried to force a pass out the back of a tackle when the Tigers were in good position and a kick from Pita Godinet was easily collected by Castleford's defence.

Kick-off

Castleford 22-16 Wakefield

And Castleford get the last half of action under way with a long kick into Wakefield territory.

HT: Castleford 22-16 Wakefield

How much heart can Brian Smith take from that first-half showing?

Yes, Super League's bottom side were exposed too easily and too often, but they have recovered to show genuine fight. And, of course, there is the superb talent of Tom Johnstone to smile about.

Wakefield appoint Smith

HT: Castleford 22-16 Wakefield

Brian Smith
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If you missed it a little earlier on, Wakefield have announced that Brian Smith has agreed to become their new head coach.

Click here for more on the 61-year-old's appointment.

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St Helens prop Alex Walmsley on Twitter: "Highlight of my Magic Weekend has to be doing the Alan Shearer celebration at the end of the game with Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook at the Gallowgate End."

Record Magic Weekend attendance

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Confirmation of a record Magic Weekend attendance - there are almost 27,000 inside St James' Park today, making a total of 67,788 over the two days.

HT: Castleford 22-16 Wakefield

Francis Cummins

Ex-Bradford coach on BBC Radio Leeds

"If two quick tries go in, even the neutrals think twice about hanging around and consider getting back on the A1. But Wakefield have come back and shown that they can play in spells."

HT: Castleford 22-16 Wakefield

Denny Solomona
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Wakefield went three quick tries down, but have recovered here at St James Park and go into the break just six points down.

Tom Johnston has grabbed a brace for the Wildcats after Denny Solomona had bagged two of his own early on.

Half-time

Castleford 22-16 Wakefield

Typical of that first half there was the threat of a try right to the last.

Denny Solomona with a fabulous great down the wing, but the play peters out with the siren sounding and possession relinquished.

Castleford 22-16 Wakefield

James Deighton

BBC Radio Leeds commentator

"Wakefield hit back. Quick hands and numbers give Tom Johnstone his second try, and the Wildcats just will not go away."

TRY (Johnstone)

Castleford 22-16 Wakefield

Tom Johnstone
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Try saver at one end then strolls one in at the other. Tom Johnstone dots the ball down without a defender in sight.

Castleford 22-12 Wakefield

No try.

On his tip toes, Denny Solomona dances down the touchline and does everything in his power to get over the line. The pressure from Tom Johnstone is just enough to deny him what would have been a fine treble.

There's still plenty of time for him to complete a hat-trick today, though.

Castleford 22-12 Wakefield

Denny Solomona to complete his hat-trick?

TRY (Shenton, goal Gale)

Castleford 22-12 Wakefield

Michael Shenton
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After pinning Wakefield back on their line, Castleford move the ball patiently before moving the ball out wide quickly to find Michael Shenton. He still had all the work to do as he palmed off the attention of Tom Johnstone before crossing over.

Castleford 16-12 Wakefield

Castleford's Jake Webster is getting some medical attention after he seems to catch the shoulder of Matt Ryan in a tackle.

He is rattled, but is passed clear to remain on the pitch.

Castleford 16-12 Wakefield

After some positive early reports, it now also seems that the day is done for Castleford hooker Scott Moore after he also went off with a bloodied head in his clash with Scott Anderson.

Wakefield appoint Smith

Castleford 16-12 Wakefield

Nathan Middleton

BBC Sport at St. James' Park

Warrington head coach Tony Smith could not hide his frustration when speaking to the press after his side's narrow defeat by St Helens, even when asked about his brother Brian taking over at Wakefield.

"I'm not really into that at the moment," he said. "I love my brother to death and I'm pleased for him, but we're talking about today."

Castleford 16-12 Wakefield

Castleford v Wakefield
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Wakefield have settled nicely now.

Those three tries looked as if the stuffing would be knocked out of Super League's bottom side, but with two quick tries they are now matching Castleford.