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19 Jul 2018 by Ash Wheldon

2018 Super League – Castleford Tigers vs Huddersfield Giants Preview

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AT A GLANCE

When? Friday 20th July, 19:45

Where? The Mend-A-Hose Jungle

What channel is it on? Sky Sports Arena

Where can I stream the match? Sky Sports subscribers can stream the match online via Sky Go

Are tickets still available? https://tigers.mysportstickets.co.uk/

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

CASTLEFORD TIGERS

Head Coach: Daryl Powell

Squad: Clare, Clark, Cook, Eden, Ellis, Gill, Holmes, Laulu-Togaga’e, Massey, McShane, Millington, Milner, Moors, Peachey, Sene-Lefao, Shenton, Trueman, Watts, Webster

Unavailable: Luke Gale, Ben Roberts, Alex Foster, Mike McMeeken, Greg Minikin, Jy Hitchcox, Joe Wardle

  • Castleford did enough to see off Salford with a controlling second half display doing the job for the Tigers. Going into the break tied up at six-points apiece, Castleford scored 18 unanswered points in the second period for a 6-24 win.

  • Jamie Ellis and Nathan Massey return after shaking off knocks whilst youngster Lewis Peachey will make his debut if picked. Joe Wardle is injured so drops out of the squad along with Gadwin Springer and Tuoyo Egodo.

  • Castleford have lost just once in their last seven Super League fixtures and could leapfrog Wigan into second place if results go their way this weekend.

HUDDERSFIELD GIANTS

Head Coach: Simon Woolford

Squad: Brough, Clough, Cudjoe, English, Ferguson, Gaskell, Hinchcliffe, Lawrence, Mamo, McGillvary, McIntosh, Mellor, Murphy, O’Brien, Rankin, Roberts, Smith, Ta’ai, Turner

Unavailable: Tyler Dickinson, Sebastine Ikahihifo, Kruise Leeming

  • Huddersfield produced a solid display as they overcame Wigan last week. The Giants now just need one win from their final two games to guarantee their place in the Super 8s after the 20-12 victory over the Warriors.

  • Ukuma Ta’ai returns from injury after missing out last week and he replaces Jake Wardle in the 19-man squad.

  • It’s been a miraculous turnaround in form for Huddersfield who have now won seven of their last eight Super League games having won just two league games all season before this run.

THE PREDICTION

Two form teams come head-to-head with plenty at stake for both Castleford and Huddersfield. The Tigers have second place in their sights and could end the weekend there if results fall their way. The Giants on the other hand need a win to ensure their Super League status for next season. Both teams have produced solid runs at an important stage of the season, especially Huddersfield who looked destined for the Middle 8s at the halfway point of the season. This is a tough game to call with both in such good form but preference is for Castleford on home soil having lost just two Super League fixtures there all season.

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