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01 Mar 2018 by TSZ

2018 Super League – Hull KR vs Castleford Tigers Preview

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UPDATE: This match has now been postponed

AT A GLANCE

When? Thursday 1st March, 19:45

Where? KCOM Craven Park

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? http://www.tickethour.co.uk/hk...

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

HULL KR

Head Coach: Tim Sheens

Squad: Atkin, Blair, Carney, Clarkson, Donaldson, Greenwood, Heffernan, Kavanagh, Lee, Lunt, Masoe, Minns, Mulhern, Quinlan, Salter, Scruton, Shaw, Tickle, Walne

Unavailable: Danny McGuire, George Lawler, Danny Addy, Josh Johnson, Matty Marsh, Lee Jewitt

  • Hull KR suffered their third defeat in four games as they went down to Salford Red Devils last week with the home side claiming a 36-12 win.
  • That defeat means that the Robins have now conceded 88 points this season, an average of 22 points per game.
  • Head coach Tim Sheens is able to name James Donaldson in his squad for the first time since April 2017 although he is still rated as doubtful as he nears a comeback from an ACL injury. Chris Clarkson also returns with Lee Jewitt and Matty Marsh missing out.

CASTLEFORD TIGERS

Head Coach: Daryl Powell

Squad: Clare, Cook, Ellis, Foster, Gale, Green, Holmes, Massey, McMeeken, McShane, Millington, Milner, Minikin, Moors, Roberts, Sene-Lefao, Shenton, Trueman, Webster

Unavailable: Joe Wardle, Greg Eden, Jy Hitchcox

  • Castleford produced a solid display to ensure they won back-to-back games as they beat Hull FC 28-18 last weekend.
  • The Tigers now face a Hull KR side that they have only lost to once in the last seven Super League meetings between the two sides.
  • Daryl Powell has been forced into several changes to his side with Joe Wardle and Greg Eden having to come off injured against Hull FC last weekend. They drop out of the 19-man squad along with Jy Hitchox and are replaced by Matt Cook, Jake Trueman and James Clare.

KEY STATS

  • Castleford Tigers have won 5 and drawn 1 of the last 7 Super League meetings between the two sides
  • There has been a total of 293 points scored in the last 6 Super League meetings between the two sides at an average of 48.8 per game
  • There has been a total of 54 tries scored in the last 6 Super League meetings between the two sides at an average of 9 per game
  • Castleford Tigers' Jake Webster has scored 4 tries in his last 4 Super League meetings between the two sides
  • Castleford Tigers have scored a minimum of 16 points in 13 of the last 14 Super League meetings between the two sides
  • The winning margin has been no more than 8 points in 5 of Hull KR's last 7 home Super League meetings between the two sides
  • Castleford Tigers have won 8 of their last 9 away Super League matches
  • Castleford Tigers have scored 23 points or more in 9 of their last 10 away Super League matches

THE PREDICTION

With the ‘Beast from the East’ setting in, the first Super League fixture of Round 5 is likely to be played in Baltic conditions at KCOM Craven Park as Hull KR host Castleford. Rovers fell to a disappointing defeat last week but will attempt to bounce back without the influential Danny McGuire who once again misses out through injury. Castleford have won eight of their last nine away matches in Super League and that run is likely to be extended here.

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