Yes! It’s that time again, the Magic Weekend, where all 12 clubs come together for the season’s most entertaining showcase!
A third year up in Newcastle is sure to deliver further pulsating action and that’s the way we love it!
We look at all six clashes once more to see if any will leave their mark, not only on the event, but in Super League history itself.
Widnes Vikings Vs Wakefield Trinity RLFC
Starting the show piece would be Widnes Vikings and Wakefield Trinity.
Donned in their annual Newcastle United based kit, the Vikings have made a whole host of changes from their Challenge Cup defeat against Warrington.
Departing from the squad are Liam Walsh, Lloyd Roby, Patrick Ah Van, Joe Mellor, Tom Olbison and Danny Walker, with loanees Rangi Chase, Sam Wilde and Jack Johnson named as well as Chris Houston and Alex Gerrard returning.
Wakefield meanwhile have made three changes from their win against Dewsbury as Jacob Miller, Ben Jones-Bishop and Danny Kirmond return in place of Ashley Gibson, Jordan Crowther and Anthony Walker.
This has the makings of a close call as Widnes have boosted their ranks with experienced personnel and are fighting for their Super League status.
Wakefield meanwhile, despite in their inconsistency, can give any club a run for their money.
They’ve been playing some impressive rugby recently, definitely worthy enough to keep them within the Super 8s.
Jacob Miller and Sam Williams have been at the forefront as well as free scoring backs Jones-Bishop and Mason Caton-Brown, who have finished off plays superbly throughout this season.
Then there’s their forward pack too in David Fafita, who will be the main man to watch up front.
Widnes however, are displaying signs of resistance as they aim for a revival to survive relegation.
Gaining these loanees will only boost their squad, especially in attack as they now have a healthy selection of pivots.
The Vikings too have a strong pack available, so it may be won in the back line, where Wakefield have the edge.
Wakefield look stronger and faster in their three-quarter line that will eventually overwhelm the Vikings, plus the transition of their comings and goings will hinder them slightly as so many sudden changes can take time to adjust.
It’s sure to be a tough one but Wakefield look just too strong and will be the first club in 2017 to win at the Magic Weekend.