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Cardiff, 5 May, 2007



PRE-MATCH BUILD-UP (ALL TIMES BST)

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Results:

Catalans Dragons 28-32 Harlequins
Hull FC 10-14 Hull KR
St Helens 34-18 Wigan

By Phil Harlow

"End of day one. Great rugby, great atmosphere, great vaue for money. Let's hope Sunday's just as good."
BBC Sport's Phil Gordos at the Millennium Stadium

80 mins: The final hooter goes and it's another win for St Helens, who go back to the top of the Super League table.

79 mins: Saints force a late repeat set after a kick through by Matt Gidley.

77 mins: A touch of class from Trent Barrett as he slices through the Saints defensive line inside his own half. He chips to the left for the onrushing Chris Ashton who collects the ball but then throws a wild pass over his head to no-one. A shame as Barrett's break deserved a try.

76 mins: Wigan really are dominating the latter stages. if they'd played like this in the first half, the scoreline could have been an awful lot closer.

73 mins: Desperately unlucky for Wigan. Micky Higham's kick through is met by a full-out Trent Barrett but the Wigan stand-off drops the ball as he dots it down.

71 mins: Sean O'Loughlin is held up just over the line - it's all Wigan at the moment. Thomas Leuluai then kicks out wide for Mark Calderwood but Francis Meli does just enough. Wigan get yet another repeat set, their fourth in a row.

69 mins: Wigan seem to have a renewed sense of purpose. They force a Saints drop-out through Sean O'Loughlin's kick early in the tackle count, and Iafeta Paleaaesina sends Paul Clough flying with a charging run.

The Warriors win a penalty 10m out for a shoulder charge by St Helens.

66 mins: TRY St Helens 34-18 Wigan
Wigan hit back with a score from Darrell Goulding after a top-draw run by Trent Barrett. He runs on the diagnal line outside Leon Pryce and then gives a scissor pass to Goulding.

The conversion follows from Pat Richards - is there time for a Wigan comeback?

64 mins: PEN St Helens 34-12 Wigan
A great pass from Jon Wilkin releases Paul Wellens again. The full-back chips over and Chris Ashton takes him out with a professional foul giving the referee no choice but to award the penalty.

Paul Sculthorpe steps up and slots it over without concern.

60 mins: TRY St Helens 32-12 Wigan
A beautiful step by Paul Wellens brings him his fourth try of the game. Saints win a kickable penalty but opt to go to the corner and a pass from Paul Sculthorpe allows Wellens to dance around two would-be tacklers to score. Incredibly, it's the second time this season Wellens has grabbbed four in one game.

Paul Sculthorpe kicks the straightforward conversion.

57 mins: Wigan set off on a dangerous attack, but Trent Barrett's kick into the in-goal area is just too strong.

55 mins: A good offload from Sean O'Loughlin sets Wigan on the attack, and the Warriors win a penalty after an attempted trip by Leon Pryce as Mark Calderwood cuts back inside.

53 mins: TRY St Helens 26-12 Wigan
Some hope for Wigan as full-back Chris Ashton makes a try for himself out of nothing. He gets an unexpected offload and explodes into life, chipping over the defence and then hacking on after Paul Clough fails to deal with the bouncing ball.

Pat Richards kicks the conversion.

50 mins: Wigan get a good attacking chance, but a Stuart Fielden knock-on stops the move in its tracks. Quick hands from Saints put them on the offensive - that's one of the differences between the sides.

45 mins: TRY St Helens 26-6 Wigan
Paul Wellens completes his hat-trick with a simple score. Thomas Leuluai inexplicably comes flying out of the defensive line to leave a huge hole and Sean Long puts Wellens in on the outside of the remaining Wigan defenders, and the full-back has far too much pace and power.

Paul Sculthorpe slices his kick and misses the conversion.

43 mins: A decent run from Wigan prop Stuart Fielden sets his side up on the attack, but it's his first significant contribution of the match.

41 mins: A very promising start for Wigan as their kick ahead is coughed up by young Steve Tyrer. Harrison Hansen drives forward and the ball comes out to Sean O'Loughlin but the skipper knocks on at the play-the-ball.

1959: St Helens kick off to get the second half started.

1957: "The Millennium show looks like it is going well. A good number of fans and entertaining games."
Diogenese on BBC 606 message boards

1955: "Several RFL officials are looking very pleased with themselves. The attendance for the first day of Millennium Magic has just been announced - and it's just over 32,000 (32,384 to be precise).

"In the build-up to the weekend spectacle, they said they'd have been happy with 25,000 each day, so this is an unexpected bonus."
BBC Sport's Phil Gordos at the Millennium Stadium

40 mins: The half-time hooter is sounded at the Millennium Stadium with St Helens well on top.

39 mins: Wigan go close through Phil Bailey out wide, but his pass out of the tackle goes to Leon Pryce.

36 mins: Trent Barrett wins a penalty for Wigan as he is taken out by Bryn Hargreaves after chipping ahead. The Warriors are unable to make anything of it though.

1939: "Hull coach Peter Sharp has just finished briefing the media. Wasn't happy, obviously. Asked if there were any positives, the gruff Aussie replied: 'Cardiff's nice.'

"The Welsh Tourist Board will be pleased. Perhaps they could use that in their next promotional brochure."
BBC Sport's Phil Gordos at the Millennium Stadium

31 mins: Micky Higham makes a break straight through the middle of the Saints defence, but Wigan make a mess of the opportunity. Higham does his bit as he draws the full-back before passing to Chris Ashton.

Ashton looks to be closing on the tryline on an arcing run, but he loses his footing and sends a bad pass in the general direction of his team-mates which is knocked on by Sean O'Loughlin. There was no need for that panic from Wigan there.

28 mins: A great hit by Sean O'Loughlin knocks Maurie Fa'asavalu backwards and onto his backside. That doesn't happen often, and it gives the Warriors a much-needed lift.

24 mins: TRY St Helens 22-6 Wigan
Look away now if you're a Wigan fan. Another Paul Wellens try takes Saints further clear - this could get messy if Wigan don't tighten up their defence quick-smart.

St Helens full-back Paul Wellens

Leon Pryce receives a loose pass which bounces in front of him. He has time to trap it with his foot, collect it, amble forward and then chip over the defence under almost no pressure.

Wellens hacks it forward with his thigh and then dives on the loose ball despite the attentions of Mark Calderwood.

Paul Sculthorpe kicks the easy conversion.

1927: "What was I thinking? The Humberside derby was intense, but it's clear this game is the pick of day one, probably the weekend.

"The atmosphere is fantastic. The stadium may be less than half full but both sets of fans are making plenty of noise. What's more, the action in scintillating. Both sides are showing plenty of attacking promise. This looks like being a try fest!"
BBC Sport's Phil Gordos at the Millennium Stadium

21 mins: TRY St Helens 16-6 Wigan
It's looking ominous for Wigan as Saints score their third try through Matt Gidley after getting a great inside ball from Bryn Hargreaves.

The initial break is made by winger Francis Meli on the left wing, but a breathtaking tackle from Trent Barrett cuts him down just short of the tryline. Saints don't panic though, and the ball goes to the right and through the hands of Leon Pryce, Hargreaves and on to Gidley. A great try, but Paul Sculthorpe hits the post with the conversion.

18 mins: TRY St Helens 12-6 Wigan
Man of Steel Paul Wellens puts Saints back as he puts an exquisite finishing touch to a lovely team move. Sean Long, Paul Sculthorpe and Jason Cayless combine to keep the ball alive and the confusion tempts Trent Barrett out of Wigan's defensive line.

Wellens spots the space and bursts into it before bamboozling Chris Ashton with a great side-step. Paul Sculthorpe kicks the conversion from in front of the posts.

1915: "Justin Morgan has just told the press that he feels '12 kilos lighter' after seeing his Hull KR side beat Hull FC.

"He was referring to the pressure that had been building on himself and his players after a run of poor results. He also praised his team for their defensive resilience. 'There was no sign of folding today,' he said. 'The character the players showed was very pleasing.'"
BBC Sport's Phil Gordos at the Millennium Stadium

11 mins: TRY St Helens 6-6 Wigan
Wigan hit back almost straight away after Bryan Fletcher forces his way over from Thomas Leuluai's pass.

Pat Richards converts to make the match all-square.

7 mins: TRY St Helens 6-0 Wigan
Francis Meli opens the scoring for Saints after BBC Sport columnist Jon Wilkin charges the ball down.

Paul Sculthorpe lands the conversion to give the champions the perfect start.

5 mins: Still no score after a fascinating early start to the game.

2 mins: Wigan make a positive start but can't break through the Saints backline.

1900: And we are under way.

1855: The marathon continues as old rivals St Helens and Wigan prepare to take the field.

1852: Kirk Yeaman wasn't a very happy man after Hull FC's defeat to Rovers. As the opposition celebrated, he took off both boots and slung them to the ground in disgust. He then plonked himself down on the Millennium Stadium turf as if poised to begin a 24-hour sit-in.

"The centre eventually got to his feet before beginning the slow trudge back to the dressing rooms."
BBC Sport's Phil Gordos at the Millennium Stadium

80 mins: The final hooter goes and it's a memorable win for Rovers, ending their seven-game losing streak.

That's Hull KR's first derby win in 10 years, and it was worth waiting for.

79 mins: Motu Tony puts a grubber kick in which Ben Cockayne throws out, but a penalty is awarded to Rovers as Hull FC stray offside at the kick. That should be that.

78 mins: The ball goes loose during a Hull FC attack, and referee Richard Silverwood gives them another set to the fury of the Rovers fans.

Danny Washbrook is held up just over the line in a desperately tense conclusion to the game.

75 mins: Hull KR have a try controversially disallowed by the video referee. Ben Cockayne looks to have sealed the game as he cuts through the defence after running onto Paul Cooke's pass, but the video referee rules that Hull FC's Danny Washbrook was impeded as he tried to make a tackle.

73 mins: A bad kick from Hull FC hand possession to their opponents. A few tackles later, James Webster puts in a superb kick for Rovers which forces Shaun Briscoe to punch the ball out, giving Rovers a precious drop-out.

1830: "Hull KR's very vocal fans are getting plenty of support, especially from the St Helens fans sitting near them."
BBC Sport's Elizabeth Hudson at the Millennium Stadium

70 mins: Paul Cooke puts in a delicate little grubber for himself to run onto, but the brave play of Hull FC full-back Shaun Briscoe, who really puts his body on the line to collect the ball, thwarts him.

69 mins: Willie Manu is in a hurry to get things going, but he knocks-on at the play-the-ball for Hull FC. The cameras pan to coach Peter Sharp and it's safe to say that he's not a happy chappy.

66 mins: A break from Stanley Gene creates an opportunity for Byron Ford, but the Rovers winger spills the ball. It's still anybody's game.

65 mins: Rovers relieve the pressure as Luke Dyer intercepts a telegraphed pass deep in his own half. The Rovers centre puts his head down and goes all out for the line, but the lightening quick Gareth Raynor makes a great tackle to stop him 15m short of the line.

Ian Hardman takes the ball on even closer, but the attack runs out of steam.

64 mins: Hull FC force a drop-out as Ben Cockayne runs a Shaun Briscoe dab through out over the deadball line.

62 mins: Stanley Gene flies out of nowhere to put in a tremendous tackle on Hull FC centre Sid Domic, bringing a threatening attack to an end. The Rovers veteran is having a excellent game.

59 mins: A brilliant take by full-back Shaun Briscoe as he gets underneath a steepling bomb from Paul Cooke under intense pressure.

56 mins: Hull KR put in two high shots in quick succession to concede a silly penalty. Rovers just seem to be lacking a little composure at the moment as they defend their narrow lead.

53 mins: A bit of panic for Hull KR as they run on the last tackle, and end up shipping the ball on through endless pairs of hands before Ben Cockayne puts in a feeble kick.

47 mins: TRY Hull FC 10-14 Hull KR
Hull FC score their second try of the game as Sid Domic pounces after a mistake from Byron Ford gifts him the chance.

Danny Tickle put in a cross-kick which eludes everyone and bounces loose. Ford has the chance to fall on the ball but he tries to pick it up at the same time as he is tackled by Matt Sing. The ball pops out and Domic squeezes in at the corner.

Tickle misses with the conversion attempt from the touchline.

44 mins: A bit of fortune for Rovers as full-back Ben Cockayne spills a high ball, but sends it backwards. He manages to recover and ends up beating three players and making 30m for his team.

42 mins: Paul Cooke sticks up his second bomb in as many minutes. Maybe it's me, but the boos from the stands seem to have subsided a little. Gareth Raynor takes both kicks excellently - he's as solid as a rock under the high ball.

1758: The second half gets under way with Hull KR kicking-off.

1755: "I've played under a roof before so I didn't find it strange, but some of the other guys did.

"On our way to the stadium, the streets were full of supporters in all kinds of jerseys. I didn't expect so many fans of other clubs to be watching our game, but I'm delighted.

"We're back in London this evening but it would have been great to have stayed around and seen more games.

"This weekend is great for the sport in Wales and hopefully more Welsh people will come in the future."
Harlequins star Mark McLinden gives his reaction to BBC Sport's Elizabeth Hudson after playing in the first game of Millennium Magic

40 mins: TRY Hull FC 6-14 Hull KR
A superb try by Gareth Raynor hauls Hull FC back into the match with less than 30 seconds to go until half-time.

The brains behind the score belong to Hull FC hooker Richard Swain. He taps the penalty and feigns to go out wide to the right before running back on himself and passing to Danny Tickle on the short blindside.

The move catches the Rovers defence napping, and Tickle draws his man to give Raynor a one-on-one which the Great Britain winger finishes off clinically with some clever footwork. Danny Tickle kicks the conversion, and the half-time hooter is sounded.

39 mins: Kirk Yeaman makes a powerful break up the middle and wins a penalty after being held down in the tackle. Hull FC could really do with something before half-time, but there's less than a minute to go.

38 mins: A Hull KR kick ahead to Gareth Raynor is not matched by the chase and the rapid winger escapes to set up an attack. He links up with Richard Horne, but his pass inside is knocked on by Danny Tickle.

35 mins: A kick through from Richard Horne forces Ian Hardman to make a decision - and he makes the wrong one as he waits for it to bounce into touch. It doesn't and he is very grateful for the presence of Ben Cockayne who falls on the ball to stop Matt Sing from pouncing.

Paul Cooke

Cockayne knocks it on in the process though to keep his team under pressure.

1734: The bulk of Hull KR's travelling fans are sat to my right. They're loving every second of this game. When they're not roaring on their team every time they go on the attack, they're cheering the mistakes of the Hull FC players - and there's plenty of them.
BBC Sport's Phil Gordos at the Millennium Stadium

30 mins: It's panic stations for a moment in the Hull FC defence as a high kick is allowed to bounce and it runs all over the place before Lee Radford eventually clears up the mess.

27 mins: Hull FC make some good ground through the middle with Gareth Carvell and Richard Swain, but the kick on the last is weak and goes straight into the arms of the waiting Ian Hardman.

23 mins: TRY Hull FC 0-14 Hull KR
A great try from Rovers full-back Ben Cockayne, who cuts a superb line off Stanley Gene and scoots over under the posts.

But the Hull FC players are incensed by what they see as obstruction by referee Richard Silverwood. He does seem to get in the way of Shaun Briscoe, but the try stands. What a start from Rovers.

Paul Cooke slots the conversion, his third successful kick.

20 mins: PEN Hull FC 0-8 Hull KR
Hull KR go further ahead with a Paul Cooke penalty. It really is all about him at the moment.

17 mins: Danny Tickle gives away a penalty for a very high tackle. Mr Tickle from the children's books couldn't have got his hands much higher...

16 mins: Hull FC are laying siege to the Rovers line, without much sign of finding a way through. The pressure comes to an end with a woefully overhit kick by Richard Horne sailing over the deadball line.

1712: All the best to FC today I hope Cooke get some big hits! I wish I was there to watch it but I'm of the coast of Nigeria at the mo with no TV picture!
"Damage", HMS Endurance via e-mail

1710: "How much emotional energy will Paul Cooke use up over the entire 80 minutes? He's going to find it hard to contain himself if he continues to get the better of the Hull FC defence.

"He could tire towards the end, but I'm sure the adrenalin, which is sure to be coursing through his veins, will keep him going right to the finish."
BBC Sport's Phil Gordos at the Millennium Stadium

8 mins: A couple of handling errors have undermined Hull FC's efforts so far, with Sid Domic and Gareth Raynor both guilty of putting pressure on their team-mates.

4 mins: TRY Hull FC 0-6 Hull KR What's that I just said...? Paul Cooke's grubber kick through stands up perfectly for Makali Aizue to flop over just next to the posts as Rovers open the scoring and take the lead.

A certain P Cooke then slots the conversion.

2 mins: It's the Paul Cooke show so far - booed on the two touches he has with ball in hand, he then puts in a great hit on Gareth Raynor.

1700: Danny Tickle kicks off for Hull FC and the ball finds none other than Paul Cooke... who knocks on trying to take the ball on the half-volley! You really couldn't make it up.

Fortunately for Rovers, a great tackle by Ian Hardman puts Hull FC out over the touchline.

1655: "Is this the main event of day one? Fans of St Helens and Wigan may disagree but, given everything that's gone on in the last fortnight surrounding Paul Cooke, this particular Humberside derby has added spice.

"The Millennium Stadium is getting fuller. No surprise there."
BBC Sport's Phil Gordos at the Millennium Stadium

1654: "Currently working in Nigeria keeping up-to-date with the coverage on the web. Looking forward to the next game.... Come on you Hull!"
Paul in Nigeria, via e-mail

1652: It's pitch-black inside the stadium, except for the spotlights on the dancers in shocking pink going through their routines shortly before kick-off.

1649: It's a great day for rugby league, but we should all take a moment to reflect on two of the players involved over the weekend - Sam and Luke Burgess - who lost their father Mark this week after a long illness.

Mark was a tough-as-nails forward for Hunslet, Dewsbury and Nottingham during his well-respected playing career.

Luke made his debut for Quins in their win over the Dragons, while Sam is set to turn out for Bradford against Leeds tomorrow.

1648: "I'm inside the Millennium Stadium, and there are plenty of Wiganers wandering round preparing themselves to be whooped by the mighty Saints for the seventh time!"
Ben in the Millennium Stadium, via e-mail

1646: "Just got in from work in time to see the Hull KR v Hull match. C'mon the Robins, show 'em who is boss in Hull!"
Paul in Stoke-on-Trent via e-mail.

1644: "I'm just leaving work (early) to go to watch Hull FC vs.. what are they called!? C'mon you 'ull!"
Jonboy in Hull, via text

1642: "The Harlequins players are in no hurry to leave the pitch. They are lapping up the applause and thanking the fans who turned up to watch the very first game of Millennium Magic.

"Their win was doubly significant. After heavy defeats to Huddersfield and St Helens, these two points give their play-off hopes a big lift."
BBC Sport's Phil Gordos at the Millennium Stadium

80 mins: The full-time hooter goes and Quins have held on - just. If the rest of the five games live up to this start then we're in for a great weekend of rugby league.

That's Quins' first win since Easter Monday, and just what the doctor ordered after their heavy defeat by St Helens.

78 mins: PEN Catalans Dragons 28-32 Harlequins
A vital penalty from Rob Purdham goes between the sticks to give Quins a bit more breathing room.

76 mins: Quins make a mess of the restart, but - fortunately for the London club - the Dragons knock-on to hand possession back.

74 mins: TRY Catalans Dragons 28-30 Harlequins
This see-saw match takes another turn as the impressive Chad Randall crosses to level the score after good work by Paul Sykes.

Rob Purdham is once again the hero for Quins, kicking a tricky conversion to edge his side ahead.

Harlequins' Mark McLinden

1626: "The last time Hull played in Cardiff I travelled half way around the world from sunny Sydney to watch! As I am sat here at 1am at work (Balmain Leagues Club) watching the scores roll in, I am VERY envious!

Wish I was there to see Paul Cooke get thrown to the lions (metaphorically speaking unfortunately!) Come on you Hull!"
Rich Harrison in Sydney, Australia via e-mail

70 mins: Great play by Harlequins star Mark McLinden as he reads the play by the Dragons and intercepts what would have been a try-scoring knock back.

1621: "We've got the team lists for the Humberside derby. Paul Cooke's named in the Rovers squad while their rivals are boosted by the return of scrum-half Richard Horne after a hamstring injury."
BBC Sport's Phil Gordos at the Millennium Stadium

64 mins: TRY Catalans Dragons 28-24 Harlequins
Quins keep themselves in with a chance with a good try from Paul Sykes. Tyrone Smith cuts inside but seems to have lost the ball only for Quins to regain it; a couple of quick passes later, Sykes is sauntering in out wide.

Rob Purdham kicks an excellent conversion to further narrow the gap.

60 mins: TRY Catalans Dragons 28-18 Harlequins
It's all slipping away from the Quins as the Dragons add another try, scored out wide with a good finish by Andrew Bentley.

This time, Bosc cannot add the extras to keep the gap at 10 points.

"Sat at home with a few beers - can't wait to watch the games today. Come on Rhinos!"
Phil and James in Leeds, via text

1611: "Another draw on the cards? Not if Stacey Jones has his way. He's having a great game. Catalans are finishing the match strongly."
BBC Sport's Phil Gordos at the Millennium Stadium

53 mins: TRY Catalans Dragons 24-18 Harlequins
Quins pay the price for not getting men behind the ball and the peerless Stacey Jones dances over to give his side the lead for the first time.

Thomas Bosc kicks his fourth conversion from four attempts.

52 mins: Justin Murphy almost grabs another try for the Dragons, after a great tackle from Scott Hill. The danger all comes after Lee Hopkins's clearing kick is charged down, and Murphy hacks on to create the danger

1605: "I can't wait til tomorrow comes. I'm off to see the Bulls and Leeds, come on you Bulls!"
Robert in Bradford, via e-mail

1604: "Could Quins be heading for their third stalemate of the season? They seem to have developed a habit for drawing games they should have won."
BBC Sport's Phil Gordos at the Millennium Stadium

49 mins: TRY Catalans Dragons 18-18 Harlequins
The Dragons bring themselves level with the prolific winger Justin Murphy - last year's leading tryscorer - rising above some feeble Quins defence to get on the end of Stacey Jones's kick. Where would the French team be without their 'Little General'?

Once again, Thomas Bosc knocks over the conversion and we're all square.

1559: "I'm also in work, I can't wait to get home to watch the Hull game, come on you Hull."
Bigarr in Morecambe, via text

Doesn't sound like much work is going to get done in Hull today!

46 mins: It's pretty cat-and-mouse stuff so far in this half. Both sides are completing their sets and putting in decent kicks, but there's no sign of a real breakthrough as yet.

1551: The second half gets under way at the Millennium Stadium.

1550: "It sounds great so far - can't wait to go down tomorrow."
Dave in Castleford, via e-mail

1545: "I'm actually busy at work but going to watch the next game! Come on you Hull!"
Ian in Hull, via text

40 mins: The half-time hooter goes with Quins very much on the attack after a great break through the middle by Chris Melling.

The fans get into the spirit of the occasion inside the Millennium Stadium

Mark McLinden is furious with the referee, feeling his side should have had a penalty with the Dragons slowing down the play-the-ball.

39 mins: It's high-fives all around for Harlequins as they put in an excellent stint of defence and force an error from the Dragons to earn the scrum. That should be enough for them to hold on until half-time.

1537: "I'm sat bored stiff in work wishing I was in Cardiff, jealously reading the comments on the BBC website. It seems like it's starting off well."
Neil in Wigan, via text.

31 mins: TRY Catalans Dragons 12-18 Harlequins
Quins take advantage after the Catalans concede a penalty deep in their own territory. Chad Randall, who has been outstanding in open play so far, crosses next to the posts after the Dragons defence finally cracks.

Rob Purdham maintains his 100% goal-kicking ratio.

1529: To Greg In Georgetown (see 1510 entry), I'm sat in the office, and the rugby league is the only substitute for total boredom - you ain't got it so bad mate!
Steve in Mirfield, via e-mail

25 mins: TRY Catalans Dragons 12-12 Harlequins
Quins have fallen apart suddenly, and it's Stacey Jones who takes advantage to cross underneath the posts, leaving Thomas Bosc with the simplest of tasks to kick the conversion.

23 mins: TRY Catalans Dragons 6-12 Harlequins
The Dragons get themselves back into the match, and it's no surprise to see that scrum-half Stacey Jones is the provider for Clint Greenshields to cross after a good pass on the inside.

Chris Melling makes a good tackle, but the full-back has just enough momentum to get over.

Thomas Bosc scores the conversion.

20 mins: Chances go begging for both sides in the space of a few seconds. First of all, Quins centre Tyrone Smith spills the ball with the tryline at his mercy.

Moments later, the Dragons work an overlap but Adam Mogg and Justin Murphy get their wires crossed and the chance for the winger to go the length of the pitch disappears.

15 mins: Jerome Guisset comes on for the Dragons and gives away a penalty with his first involvement in the game with a reckless high tackle. Not the impact Catalans coach Mick Potter was hoping for him to make.

1510: "Sat in 95F in the Cayman Islands. Millennium Magic is the perfect sun-burn avoidance solution - I only wish I could find a pub to watch it in!"
Greg in Georgetown, via e-mail

8 mins: TRY Catalans Dragons 0-12 Harlequins
Jon Wells scores Harlequins' second try of the match after a clever miss-pass from Mark McLinden gives him the space. It's been all Quins so far - the Dragons have barely had any possession so far.

Rob Purdham again adds the extras.

1508: "The crowd noise is surprisingly good inside the stadium given it's far from full. Is that because the roof's on?

"The Quins fans are particularly vocal - and that's before Andy Smith dives over in the corner for the first try of Millennium Magic."
BBC Sport's Phil Gordos at the Millennium Stadium

1506: Wigan fans are chanting "you're going down with the Latics" to the St Helens fans. Great fun, unconvinced about the outcome.
Richard in Cardiff via text

3 mins: TRY Catalans Dragons 0-6 Harlequins
You might want to remember this one in case in case it comes up at the pub quiz. Quins winger Andy Smith scores the first try of Millennium Magic as he gets on the end of Danny Orr's well-judged kick.

Rob Purdham adds the conversion with a superb effort from the touchline.

1500: Without any further ado, Catalans Dragons get the match - and Millennium Magic - started.

1458: House of Pain's evergreen hip-hop classic "Jump Around" is the soundtrack to the last few moments before the big RFL experiment gets under way with French side Catalans Dragons taking on Harlequins.

There are probably 9,000 or 10,000 fans in the stadium for this first game, which is a pretty respectable number to start off with.

1435: "Cardiff is a very colourful place today, and I'd put Hull FC and Wigan fans at the top of the pile in terms of the numbers I've seen so far. You can hear (Hull FC song) 'Old Faithful' belting out of all the pubs.

"The sun is shining and I've even seen a stag-do that seem to be here for the day, with the guys all dressed as scantily-clad fairies."
BBC Sport's Elizabeth Hudson in Cardiff

1424: "Looks like Paul Cooke is in for a rough afternoon. I've already seen one Hull FC banner calling him a Judas following his cross-city switch to Hull KR.

"Generally, though, it's a good atmosphere in Cardiff, with supporters of all 12 clubs mingling happily.

"There are even plenty of Catalans Dragons fans in the Welsh capital. If they can make the trip from the south of France, then it suggests this Millennium Magic weekend might have a future. The RFL should be breathing a lot easier now."
BBC Sport's Phil Gordos in Cardiff


All 12 Super League sides are taking part in this weekend's inaugural Millennium Magic event in Cardiff and 50,000 fans will be there to see it.

It all kicks off on Saturday with Catalans Dragons v Harlequins before we are served up what promise to be two crackerjack local derbies.

First, Hull and Hull KR face off, with Hull KR stand-off Paul Cooke facing his old team-mates for the first time.

And St Helens v Wigan tops the bill, with Saints aiming for their seventh successive win over their arch-rivals.



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