2018 Super League – Castleford Tigers vs Huddersfield Giants Preview

AT A GLANCE

When? Thursday 13th September, 19:45

Where? The Mend-A-Hose Jungle

What channel is it on? Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Action

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/

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

CASTLEFORD TIGERS

Head Coach: Daryl Powell

Squad: Clare, Clark, Eden, Gale, Massey, Mata’utia, McMeeken, McShane, Millington, Milner, Minikin, Moors, Roberts, Sene-Lefao, Shenton, Trueman, Wardle, Watts, Webster

Unavailable: Alex Foster, Matt Cook, Quentin Laulu-Togaga’e, Jamie Ellis, Oliver Holmes

  • Castleford continued their recent good form with a third consecutive win last week. They beat Hull FC 8-28 although Daryl Powell knows his side have plenty of room for improvement after a poor showing in the final quarter of the game.

  • Jesse Sene-Lefao and Greg Minikin return to the 19-man squad after extended injury lay-offs. Oliver Holmes is out with a hamstring injury whilst Will Maher is also left out.

  • The Tigers are still applying pressure on Wigan in the hunt for second place but are running out of games to catch the Warriors. They’re three points ahead with just three points remaining which would mean a trip to the DW Stadium for the semi-final as things stand.

HUDDERSFIELD GIANTS

Head Coach: Simon Woolford

Squad: Brough, Clough, English, Ferguson, Gaskell, Hewitt, Hinchcliffe, Lawrence, Leeming, Mamo, Matagi, McIntosh, Murphy, O’Brien, Rankin, Roberts, Roche, Ta’ai, Turner

Unavailable: Sebastine Ikahihifo, Aaron Murphy, Dale Ferguson, Darnell McIntosh, Jermaine McGillvary, Leroy Cudjoe, Alex Mellor

  • Danny Brough missed five of seven attempts at goal, including one on the hooter that could have earned his side a draw, as Huddersfield’s gallant attempt to earn a semi-final spot came to an end. The Giants went down 26-24 to Warrington which ensured they can no longer make the top 4.

  • Youngster Sam Hewitt could make just his second appearance of the season having been named in the 19-man squad. He comes in alongside forwards Colton Roche and Matty English with Alex Mellor, Leroy Cudjoe and Jermaine McGillvary all out.

  • Having lost just one Super League game from 12 matches, the Giants have now lost three in 14 and those two back-to-back defeats have proven costly as their play-off dreams were ended. They will now be looking to end the season in fifth but must get back to winning ways quickly.

THE PREDICTION

Castleford can apply some further pressure on Wigan in the race for second place if they can win their fourth straight game when they host Huddersfield on Thursday. The Giants can’t make the play-offs after consecutive losses but didn’t throw the towel in last week and should be game again here. They ultimately lost because of kicks at goal and on another day, could have still been in the mix for a place in the top 4. They travel to Castleford having beaten the Tigers on this ground in Round 22 and will be looking for a repeat performance. They could put the cue on the rack but head coach Simon Woolford will be pressing for a strong end to the season and could pose the Tigers some problems here. However, Castleford are building towards the semi-finals and can earn their fourth win in a row.