2018 Super League – Castleford Tigers vs Wakefield Trinity Preview

AT A GLANCE

When? Friday 21st September, 19:45

Where? The Mend-A-Hose Jungle

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://tigers.mysportstickets.co.uk/

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

CASTLEFORD TIGERS

Head Coach: Daryl Powell

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

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

  • Castleford secured a comfortable win over Huddersfield last week as they maintained the pressure on Wigan in second place. The Tigers ran away with the game in the second half, scoring 28 unanswered points as they came out 44-12 winners.

  • Daryl Powell makes just one change to last week’s 19-man squad with Joe Wardle dropping out, making way for Will Maher to come into the side.

  • Castleford have now won their last four matches with some consistency coming into their performances at just the right time. Whilst second place now looks unlikely, they will be eager to maintain this form ahead of what looks like a semi-final away at Wigan.

WAKEFIELD TRINITY

Head Coach: Chris Chester

Squad: Annakin, Arona, Arundel, Ashurst, Batchelor, Crowther, England, Grix, Hampshire, Horo, Huby, Jones-Bishop, Kirmond, Lyne, Miller, Pauli, Randell, Tupou, Wood

Unavailable: David Fifita, Tom Johnstone

  • Wakefield produced a solid performance to see off Catalans last week. Tom Johnstone ran in an eye-catching hat-trick as Trinity ran in seven tries in a 34-22 victory.

  • Danny Kirmond makes his long-awaited comeback from a knee injury that has sidelined him for most of the season. He returns with Ben Jones-Bishop and Chris Annakin. Trinity will be without top-scorer Johnstone through injury whilst Keegan Hirst and Max Jowitt are also left out.

  • So far in the Super 8s, Wakefield have lost every game after a win and won every game after a defeat. They will be hoping to break the W-L sequence here following last week’s win as they look to retain their spot in fifth place.

THE PREDICTION

Castleford look set to miss out on a home semi-final but have continued to keep the pressure on Wigan with four straight wins. They have looked impressive recently and will want to keep that run of form going as they host local rivals Wakefield. Trinity bounced back from an under-par showing at Wigan with a comfortable win over Catalans last week and although they took their foot off the gas in the final quarter, they were never in any danger of losing. The Tigers will know their fate by the time this kicks off in terms of their ambitions to steal second place with Wigan playing the previous night but that won’t deter Castleford who can notch a fifth straight win here.