Another day and another crucial match as KKR come up against the powerhouse of the Sunrisers Hyderabad who are cruising having already qualified but are still turning out solid performances.
In a repeat of last weekend’s Challenge Cup game, Wakefield face Huddersfield with Trinity looking to right the wrongs of last week’s defeat. The Giants overcame a half-time deficit to win their second game in a row in all competitions after they defeated Widnes in their last Super League outing.
Day 2 of the Magic Weekend kicks off with two teams who have shared just one win away from home all season. Salford and Catalans have both struggled on the road but this game on a neutral venue presents them with the chance to show they can play away from home soil.
The final game of the Magic Weekend sees the Hull derby take place but the two teams that take the field will be severely under-strength and resemble more of a reserve grade game. Both teams have crippling injury lists with Hull needing to bring in reinforcements this week including the all-time Hull derby try-scorer Kirk Yeaman who has been registered as a player again having retired in 2016.
St George produced one of their worst displays of the season as they lost just their second game of the year. They completed at just 66% which is well below the standards they have set this season. Canberra looked set for their third win in a row but a scoreless second half against Cronulla saw them fall to defeat.
Cronulla have gone under the radar somewhat this season due to a slow start but have now strung four wins together in a row despite suffering some injuries to key players.
The two form teams of Super League meet in a mouth-watering clash in the second match at Magic Weekend. Both teams lasted tasted defeat in March but something has to give in this game with it having the potential to be the game of the weekend.
Castleford face Leeds in the final game of the opening day of Magic Weekend. Leeds are out of form at the minute and were out-of-sorts once again last week despite beating Widnes in the Cup.
Widnes and St Helens kick off the Magic Weekend for the Super League in what could be a one-sided start to proceedings. Table-toppers Saints have only lost twice this season and look capable of scoring points for fun with them averaging 32.4 points per game so far.
This it for both teams as we reach the final round of IPL 2018 as there are many scenarios that have been thrown around but all these two teams need to focus on is winning this match.
South Sydney showed that they are the real deal this season with an impressive win over table-toppers St George last week and will be hoping to continue their impressive form as they travel to Townsville to face North Queensland.
Manly ended their long wait for a win as they defeated Brisbane last week. The Sea Eagles were the better team for large spells of the game and deserved their win but face a tough test to back that up against reigning Premiers Melbourne this week.
Two of the off-season wooden spoon favourites meet on the Gold Coast as the Titans host the Knights. Newcastle played some good stuff against Penrith last week but the Panthers were more clinical with ball-in-hand.
This game brings us two teams at opposite ends of the spectrum with Chennai having already qualified whilst Delhi sit at the bottom of the table and will be playing for pride. Chennai are hard to tip against here with their squad running along nicely...