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08 Jun 2018 by Ash Wheldon

2018 Super League – Warrington Wolves vs Castleford Tigers Preview

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AT A GLANCE

When? Friday 08th June, 19:45

Where? The Halliwell Jones Stadium

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://shop.warringtonwolves.com/ticket.aspx?fixture=d4fd317f-5ad3-e711-80d2-000c29226a94

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

WARRINGTON WOLVES

Head Coach: Steve Price

Squad: Akauola, Atkins, K. Brown, M. Brown, Charnley, Clark, Cooper, Goodwin, Hill, Hughes, G. King, Lineham, Livett, Murdoch-Masila, Patton, Philbin, Ratchford, Roberts, Westwood

Unavailable: Toby King, Dom Crosby, Ben Currie

  • Warrington were convincing winners as they knocked Wigan out of the Challenge Cup last week, preventing the Warriors from scoring a single point in the process. That backed up an important win over a young Hull side as they maintained their place in the top 4 with a 30-12 win.

  • Warrington are unchanged from last week’s 19-man squad with the Wolves not far off full strength.

  • The Wolves have lost just one of their last 10 Super League fixtures and one of their last 13 in all competitions with their last defeat on home soil coming against St Helens on the 9th March.

CASTLEFORD TIGERS

Head Coach: Daryl Powell

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

Unavailable: James Clare, Luke Gale, Gadwin Springer, Jake Webster, Junior Moors, Ben Roberts, Liam Watts, Jamie Ellis

  • Castleford provided a good response to their hammering at home to St Helens by dishing out a hammering of their own against Hull KR last week. The Tigers were rampant early on and raced into a 0-22 lead after just 20 minutes with them eventually going on to win 14-42.

  • Daryl Powell has made three changes to his 19-man squad from last week with Jamie Ellis and Liam Watts picking up knocks whilst Tuoyo Egodo isn’t selected. Mitch Clark and new signing Quentin Laulu-Togaga’e could both make their debuts whilst Greg Minikin is back from a calf injury.

  • The Tigers’ Super League form is the epitome of inconsistent at the minute. In their last seven games, Castleford’s record reads W-L-W-L-W-L-W with them always backing up a win with a loss and vice-versa.

THE PREDICTION

Third-placed Warrington host fourth-placed Castleford in front of the Sky cameras with both teams needing to win to keep the chasing pack at bay. Warrington are sitting more comfortably with a two-point lead over the Tigers but Castleford do have a game in hand with Hull, in fifth-place, just four points behind Warrington and two behind Castleford. The Wolves were impressive as they progressed to the Challenge Cup semi-finals last week whilst Castleford were equally impressive in their win over Hull KR. That win for the Tigers came as a cost with yet another playmaker in Jamie Ellis consigned to the sidelines. They will need to be at their best to beat the Wolves but may struggle with the number of players they have out with their inconsistent run set to continue as they follow up a win with another defeat.