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23 May 2018 by Ash

2018 Super League – Castleford Tigers vs St Helens Preview

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AT A GLANCE

When? Thursday 24th May, 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/events/home/ST_Helens_65

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

CASTLEFORD TIGERS

Head Coach: Daryl Powell

Squad: Cook, Ellis, Foster, Gill, Green, Hitchcox, Holmes, Massey, McMeeken, McShane, Millington, Milner, Minikin, Moors, Roberts, Sene-Lefao, Shenton, Trueman, Watts

Unavailable: Greg Eden, James Clare, Luke Gale, Gadwin Springer, Joe Wardle, Jake Webster

  • Castleford produced one of their best performances of the season as they proved far too good for Leeds at Magic Weekend. The Tigers were not only fluent in attack but defended their line extremely well as they ran out 38-10 winners.

  • Ben Roberts provides a welcome return to the side to give Daryl Powell more options in the pivots. James Green is also called-up with Jake Webster and Joe Wardle dropping out of the 19-man squad.

  • Castleford have lost just one of their six home league games this season. However, they were defeated on this ground by their opponents in this game just two weeks ago in the Challenge Cup.

ST HELENS

Head Coach: Justin Holbrook

Squad: Amor, Barba, Douglas, Fages, Grace, Knowles, Lomax, Makinson, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Morgan, Percival, Peyroux, Richardson, Roby, Smith, Swift, Taia, Thompson, Wilkin

Unavailable: Alex Walmsley

  • St Helens were far from their best last week but still had too much for Widnes at Magic Weekend. Saints ran in seven tries but still left plenty on the pitch in their 18-38 victory.

  • Kyle Amor returns for St Helens after serving a one-game ban. He replaces Matty Lees in the 19-man squad.

  • St Helens have lost just once in their last 10 games in all competitions with their sole defeat in that run coming away at Wakefield in mid-April.

THE PREDICTION

Castleford and St Helens face off at the venue of last season’s enthralling Super League semi-final. The Tigers were the ones to progress to the Grand Final in that game last year with Luke Gale’s drop goal in extra-time the difference. However, this year it is St Helens who look most likely to be heading to the Grand Final with them topping the league halfway through the season. Both teams were winners last week, scoring 38 points apiece in the process. Castleford were better value for their win as they beat a poor Leeds outfit whilst St Helens had too much for Widnes. If Castleford defend like they did last week it will be a close contest but like two weeks ago in the Challenge Cup, St Helens can come away with the win.

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