2018 Super League – Castleford Tigers vs Wakefield Trinity Preview

AT A GLANCE

When? Friday 27th April, 19:45

Where? The Mend-A-Hose Jungle

What channel is it on? 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...

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

CASTLEFORD TIGERS

Head Coach: Daryl Powell

Squad: Cook, Ellis, Gale, Green, Holmes, McMeeken, McShane, Millington, Milner, Minikin, Moors, Sene-Lefao, Shenton, Springer, Trueman, Turner, Wardle, Watts, Webster

Unavailable: Greg Eden, Ben Roberts, Alex Foster, Nathan Massey, James Clare

  • Castleford lost their third game of the season as they were defeated away at Wigan last week. The Warriors proved too good for the Tigers with Castleford never really looking like they could take the spoils as they went down 28-12.
  • The loss at Wigan was compounded as Daryl Powell has been forced into making four changes to his 19-man squad this week. Ben Roberts, Alex Foster, Nathan Massey and James Clare were all injured in that contest but Cas are boosted by the return of Junior Moors and Jesse Sene-Lefao whilst James Green also returns to the squad. Youngster Calum Turner could make a debut having been called up the squad for the first time.
  • Castleford return to home soil this week, a ground they have only lost at once this season. The Tigers have won their four other games at the Jungle with their last outing a 41-0 hammering of Catalans.

WAKEFIELD TRINITY

Head Coach: Chris Chester

Squad: Annakin, Arona, Arundel, Ashurst, Baldwinson, Batchelor, England, Hampshire, Hirst, Huby, Johnstone, Jones-Bishop, Jowitt, Lyne, Miller, Pauli, Randell, Tupou, Wood

Unavailable: David Fifita, Mason Caton-Brown, Jordan Crowther, Danny Kirmond, Justin Horo, Liam Finn, Scott Grix

  • Wakefield put in their worst performance of the season last week as they were soundly beaten by Salford. After they were kept scoreless going into the break, they could only cross for a solitary try in the second half as they were defeated 38-4.
  • Ryan Hampshire, Chris Annakin, James Batchleor and Max Jowitt all receive recalls to the squad with Danny Kirmond, Justin Horo, Liam Finn and Scott Grix making way.
  • After their shock win over league leaders St Helens just two games ago, Wakefield were offered a reality check by Salford. The win against Saints stopped a losing run of five straight games but they were unable to build on that, meaning they have lost six of their last seven matches.

THE PREDICTION

Castleford and Wakefield will both be looking for improved performances this week as they aim to put last week’s defeats to bed. The Tigers were second best against a strong Wigan side whilst Wakefield were outplayed by Salford. Both sides have made four changes to their squad but with the returning pair of Junior Moors and Jesse Sene-Lefao adding some real size to the Castleford pack, they can be the ones to bounce back from last week’s disappointment.