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16 Jun 2018 by Ash Wheldon

2018 Super League – Castleford Tigers vs Hull KR Preview

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AT A GLANCE

When? Sunday 17th June, 15:30

Where? The Mend-A-Hose Jungle

What channel is it on? Castleford Tigers vs Hull KR will not be televised live

Where can I stream the match? N/A

Are tickets still available? https://tigers.mysportstickets.co.uk/events/home/Hull_KR_68

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

CASTLEFORD TIGERS

Head Coach: Daryl Powell

Squad: Clark, Cook, Foster, Gill, Hitchcox, Holmes, Laulu-Togaga’e, Massey, McMeeken, Millington, Milner, Minikin, Moors, Sene-Lefao, Shenton, Trueman, Turner, Wardle, Webster

Unavailable: James Clare, Luke Gale, Gadwin Springer, Ben Roberts, Liam Watts, Jamie Ellis, Greg Eden, Paul McShane

  • An under-strength Castleford side produced a stirring performance to win a crucial game against Warrington last week. The Tigers were missing several first-team stars but were able to go toe-to-toe with the Wolves and eventually edge a thrilling contest 30-34.

  • Will Maher, Paul McShane and Greg Eden are all out of last week’s 19-man squad with the Tigers boosted by the return of Junior Moors and Jake Webster whilst youngster Calum Turner also comes into contention.

  • Castleford have won five of their seven home matches in Super League so far this season and now face a side that they beat away from home at the start of the month.

HULL KR

Head Coach: Tim Sheens

Squad: Atkin, Blair, Clarkson, Donaldson, Greenwood, Jewitt, Kavanagh, Lunt, Marsh, Masoe, Quinlan, Salter, Scruton, Shaw, Smith, Tickle, Tomkins, Vaivai, Wallis

Unavailable: Danny Addy, George Lawler, Andrew Heffernan, Thomas Minns, Danny McGuire, Rob Mulhern, Justin Carney, Tommy Lee

  • Hull KR kept the score respectable but never looked like winning the game against league leaders St Helens last week. The score could have got away from them having gone in behind 18-0 at the break but Rovers managed to prevent that as they lost 26-4.

  • New signing Joel Tomkins will make his debut after he was signed this week following his high-profile departure from Wigan. Shaun Lunt and Lee Jewitt also return from injury along with Aaron Smith who was ineligible last week. Tommy Lee misses out through injury whilst Jordan Walne, Joe Cator and Josh Johnson also make way.

  • Last week’s loss was Hull KR’s seventh defeat away from home this season with them only managing one win on the road so far.

THE PREDICTION

Castleford’s win over Warrington last week only served to intensify the race for the top 4 with Wigan in second and Hull FC in fifth separated by just four points. That gutsy win with plenty of big names sat on the sidelines will give the Tigers a huge boost ahead of the visit of Hull KR. Rovers were beaten by runaway leaders St Helens last week but are able to welcome back club captain Shaun Lunt in what is a huge boost. It may not be enough for Rovers to cause an upset with Castleford dominating when these teams met just two weeks ago whilst the Robins’ away form has seen them only win one from eight with the Tigers able to improve their top 4 hopes here.

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