Warrington Wolves talisman Lee Briers is the latest Super League star to share his favourite memories of past Magic Weekends ahead of this year’s two-day extravaganza which returns to the Etihad Stadium, Manchester on May 25 and 26.
Briers has highlighted the 36-34 victory against Huddersfield Giants in 2008 as one of his favourite Magic Weekend momens, when the Wolves came from 22-6 down at half-time to complete an extraordinary comeback.
“I remember at half-time we were down by a lot of points,” said Briers. “We had a really positive half-time speech; Paul Cullen was the coach and he was really positive and said ‘look we’re still in this game’.
“We worked hard and totally reversed the first half. It was a good performance and a great experience.
“I remember the crowd went mental when we won. At the end I was near the Warrington fans on the side-line and it just went crazy.”
Briers has spent large portions of this season watching Warrington in action from the sidelines due to injury, but his recent return will see him in contention to face former club St Helens on Sunday May 26 when they will be hoping to avenge the 10-22 defeat suffered in March.
“I’ve done all the rehab I can do and got myself back in good shape and hopefully I can now start pushing for a place in the 17,” he said.
“We’re not going to be thinking about it as being a big stage and getting our own back on Saints, it’s just another two points.
“It’s great that the concept has taken off, it’s in the right place now in Manchester and it was a lot better last year than it has been over the past few years. It’s so close to everyone; you get more fans and more atmosphere.”
Tickets for the 2013 Magic Weekend start from £30 adult and £15 concessions for the day and just £45 adult and £22.50 concession for the whole weekend. Tickets can be purchased by calling the RFL Ticket Office on 0844 856 1113 or by visiting www.rugbyleaguetickets.co.uk