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31 May 2018 by Ash Wheldon

2018 Super League – Hull KR vs Castleford Tigers Preview

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AT A GLANCE

When? Friday 1st June, 20:00

Where? KCOM Craven Park

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

Where can I stream the match? N/A

Are tickets still available? https://www.tickethour.co.uk/hkr-ww/seatingPlan.html?idProduct=2372

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

HULL KR

Head Coach: Tim Sheens

Squad: Atkin, Blair, Cator, Clarkson, Dagger, Donaldson, Greenwood, Kavanagh, Lee, Masoe, Moss, Quinlan, Salter, Scruton, Shaw, Smith, Tickle, Vaivai, Walne

Unavailable: Danny Addy, George Lawler, Lee Jewitt, Andrew Heffernan, Shaun Lunt, Thomas Minns, Will Oakes, Danny McGuire, Rob Mulhern, Josh Johnson, Justin Carney

  • Hull KR produced their best performance of the season as they shocked Wigan last week to snap a four-match losing run. Rovers went behind early on but kept Wigan scoreless after they had gone 0-8 up, claiming a 24-8 victory.

  • Justin Carney’s return from injury ended badly as he picked up another injury, this time a broken hand. Josh Johnson is suspended whilst Elliot Wallis is rotated with Rovers welcoming Ryan Shaw, Kieren Moss and Aaron Smith back in to their 19-man squad.

  • The eight points conceded by Hull KR last week was the second fewest they have conceded in a Super League game this season with the four they conceded against Catalans in February the only defensive performance that bettered their effort against Wigan.

CASTLEFORD TIGERS

Head Coach: Daryl Powell

Squad: Cook, Eden, Egodo, Ellis, Foster, Gill, Hitchcox, Holmes, Maher, Massey, McMeeken, McShane, Millington, Milner, Sene-Lefao, Shenton, Trueman, Wardle, Watts

Unavailable: James Clare, Luke Gale, Gadwin Springer, Jake Webster, Junior Moors, Greg Mininkin, Ben Roberts

  • Castleford’s inconsistent form continued as they were outclassed by league leaders St Helens last week. The Tigers were poor in defence as they allowed Saints to cross for eight tries in an 18 points to 40 defeat.

  • Castleford suffered three injuries last week with Junior Moors, Greg Minikin and Ben Roberts all dropping out with James Green also not selected in this week’s 19-man squad. Joe Wardle and Greg Eden return from injury whilst Will Maher and Tuoyo Egodo are also called-up.

  • The Tigers are still missing the influence of the Steve Prescott Man of Steel, Luke Gale. After he helped guide his side to the Grand Final last season, his continued absence is affecting Castleford’s attack with them managing an average of just 21.1 points per game so far this season.

THE PREDICTION

Hull KR host Castleford in a rearranged fixture from their postponed game from earlier in the season with the fixture falling at a good time for the home side as they look to build on last week’s brilliant win over Wigan. Castleford on the other hand weren’t good enough to challenge table-toppers St Helens. That loss prompted a statement from Director of Rugby Jon Wells asking for fans of the Tigers to stick with them after failing to match last season’s exploits. They could be in for another tough night however with Rovers on a high after last week’s win and they will be looking for back-to-back home wins which they can achieve if they match their performance against Wigan.

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