2018 Super League – Castleford Tigers vs Widnes Vikings Preview

AT A GLANCE

When? Sunday 11th February, 15:30

Where? Mend-A-Hose Stadium

What channel is it on? Castleford Tigers vs Widnes Vikings will not be televised live

Where can I stream the match? N/A

Are tickets still available? https://tigers.mysportstickets...

GRAPHIC HERE (Trystan)

THE LOWDOWN

CASTLEFORD TIGERS

Head Coach: Daryl Powell

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

Unavailable: Joe Wardle, Jake Trueman

  • Last season’s beaten Grand Finalists Castleford were given a rude awakening that this season could be a lot tougher than last as they were hammered 46-6 by St Helens in their opening game of the season.
  • Head coach Daryl Powell hinted there could be sweeping personnel changes after last week’s heavy defeat but has made just two enforced alterations to his 19-man squad. Joe Wardle and Jake Trueman are injured so Jy Hitchcox and Alex Foster replace them.
  • Castleford scored more points than any other team last season and will be hoping to kick-start their season here against a team they have scored 28 points or more against in 11 of their last 12 meetings.

WIDNES VIKINGS

Head Coach: Denis Betts

Squad: Albert, Ashall-Bott, Burke, Cahill, J. Chapelhow, Dean, Gilmore, Hanbury, Heremaia, Houston, Inu, Marsh, Mellor, Olbison, Runciman, Walker, White, Whitley, Wilde

Unavailable: Patrick Ah Van

  • Widnes produced a brilliant second half display to win their first game of the season against Catalans Dragons. With the half-time score finishing at 12 points apiece, Widnes scored 28 unanswered points to claim a convincing win.
  • Denis Betts must do without Patrick Ah Van who suffered a broken arm in last week’s win. The winger played on for 20 minutes and even scored a try despite the injury but misses out along with Ed Chamberlain with Danny Walker and Olly Ashall-Bott replacing them in the 19-man squad.
  • Widnes now face a side that they have only beaten on two occasions from their last 12 meetings in all competitions but will believe they can add another win after last weekend’s respective results.

KEY STATS

  • Castleford Tigers have won 10 of the last 12 meetings between the two sides in all competitions
  • Castleford Tigers have scored at least 28 points in 11 of the last 12 meetings between the two sides in all competitions
  • There has been a total of 332 points scored in the last 6 Super League meetings between the two sides at an average of 55.3 per game
  • There has been a total of 60 tries scored in the last 6 Super League meetings between the two sides at an average of 10 per game
  • Castleford Tigers' Greg Eden has scored 5 tries in the last 2 Super League meetings between the two sides
  • Castleford Tigers have won the last 6 home Super League meetings between the two sides at an average of 10.3 points per game

THE PREDICTION

Having won the League Leaders’ shield last season, Castleford were fancied to make another run at the league this season but they could barely have foreseen how their opening game would go this year. They were completely outclassed by St Helens and now face a Widnes side full of confidence after their big win over Catalans. Cas should bounce back but it could be closer than they would like.