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Magical Wigan thrash Saints
Wigan demonstrated breathtaking brilliance to maintain their position at the top of the Stobart Super League with a 42-16 victory over St Helens, but the final game of the 2012 Magic Weekend will best be remembered for an all-in brawl which produced three red cards.
The Warriors had forwards Gareth Hock and Chris Tuson sent off by referee Ben Thaler, along with St Helens substitute Shaun Magennis, after they were ruled largely responsible for the fighting that erupted at a scrum in the 53rd minute.
Wigan were leading 34-6 at the time, after Sam Tomkins and Josh Charnley had both scored twice while Hock, Sean O'Laughlin and George Carmont also crossed, and managed to hang on with 11 men, despite Saints tries from Paul Clough, Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook and Paul Wellens, as Liam Farrell's try rounded things off for the Warriors.
Danny McGuire answered his coach's call to kickstart Leeds' title defence with a five-try haul to see off Bradford 37-22.
The 29-year-old half-back, whose prolific try-scoring feats have been a hallmark of Leeds' domination of the last eight years, single-handedly pulled his side back from the brink of another defeat that would have left them stranded outside the top eight.
Even at 18-6 down, McGuire was the coolest man inside a red-hot Etihad Stadium, taking his career tally of tries against the Bulls to 20 as well as setting up Carl Ablett for another as Leeds continued their record of winning every Magic fixture they have played in.
Salford prop Adam Sidlow trebled his try tally for the season to condemn one-time leaders Huddersfield to a third consecutive defeat as the Reds triumphed 38-34 in a classic contest.
Sidlow grabbed two in the final quarter to settle the encounter, while a brace a piece for Joel Moon and Jodie Broughton, a single for Sean Gleeson and five goals by Daniel Howarth completed Salford's tally. Danny Brough was the hero for the Giants, with two tries and five goals, adding to a Eorl Crabtree brace and tries for Kevin Brown and Michael Lawrence.
In the day's first game, Title-chasing Catalan Dragons made perfect use of the home-from-home conditions at their disposal in Manchester as they ran in seven tries to see off London 42-18 and cement their top-four spot.
Leon Pryce and Remi Casty scored a brace each with additional tries from Lopini Paea, Steve Menzies and Jamal Fakir, while Scott Dureau was successful with all seven goals for the Dragons. Antonio Kaufusi, Ben Bolger and Chad Randall crossed over for the Broncos as Shane Rodney scored three goals.