18th May 2018, 12:56 | magic_weekend

Five players to watch at Dacia Magic Weekend

Five players to watch at Dacia Magic Weekend

Ben Barba – St Helens

Since his move to Betfred Super League last year, the flying full back has set the competition alive with many dazzling performances in 2018.

Known for his quick-footed trickery and the odd blistering field-length run, the Saints star has already bagged 15 tries and 17 assists already in Super League this year.

The Australian was at St James’ Park in Newcastle last year, as he was speaking to clubs about a deal for later in the year, but this time we’ll get to see him set the turf ablaze as St Helens face Widnes Vikings.


Josh Charnley – Warrington Wolves

Since his return to Rugby League, Josh Charnley’s try-scoring form has been nothing short of sublime, scoring 12 tries in just eight games for Warrington Wolves.

The winger made his name at Wigan Warriors and on Saturday will face his old side for the first time since coming back to Super League.

Added to that, Charnley is just two tries away from reaching a huge landmark of scoring 200 tries in Rugby League. Could Saturday be the day he does it?


Jack Walker – Leeds Rhinos

One of the most exciting young players coming through in Super League, Leeds’ Jack Walker is set to experience his first Magic Weekend as a player when the Rhinos take on Castleford Tigers in Saturday’s final game.

The full-back is the youngest ever Super League Grand Final winner, after being given his big break by head coach Brian McDermott mid-way through the season.

After missing April and May with injury, the 18-year-old got back into the first team in last weekend’s Ladbrokes Challenge Cup win over Widnes and will be raring for his Magic Weekend bow on Saturday. 


Ben Jones-Bishop – Wakefield Trinity

Certain players come alive in certain situations, and for Ben Jones-Bishop, its Magic Weekend.

The lively Wakefield winger has played in four Magic Weekends and has an impressive try tally of eight over those appearances.

And this year, Wakefield come up against West Yorkshire rivals Huddersfield, with the Giants shipping more points than any other side so far in 2018. 

BJB bagged twice in their meeting in March, and you can expect him to be on the scoresheet again on Sunday. 


Jake Connor – Hull FC

If any Super League player was marmite, it would be Jake Connor. Some fans love him, some don’t!

The ever-improving Hull FC utility-back has been one of the club’s top performers this year but is never afraid to get involved in a bit of sledging and fisticuffs. 

And there’s not many fixtures in the competition less charged than a Hull Derby, the first one back at Magic Weekend for two years.

Whether it’s up one end peppering the Hull KR try-line or getting involved in centre-field battles, you can guarantee Connor will be at the centre of it as 2018 Dacia Magic Weekend comes to a close on Sunday night.