2018 Super League – Wakefield Trinity vs Castleford Tigers Preview

AT A GLANCE

When? Thursday 29th March, 19:45

Where? The Mobile Rocket 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://trinity.mysportsticket...

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

WAKEFIELD TRINITY

Head Coach: Chris Chester

Squad: Arona, Arundel, Ashurst, Caton-Brown, England, Finn, Grix, Hampshire, Hirst, Horo, Huby, Johnstone, Jones-Bishop, Lyne, Miller, Pauli, Randell, Tupou, Wood

Unavailable: Jordan Baldwinson, Danny Kirmond, David Fifita, James Batchelor

  • Wakefield played their part in an entertaining game against Warrington last week but couldn’t hold on despite leading at the break. Their two-point advantage was soon eradicated and Trinity eventually went down 34-24.
  • Chris Chester’s strength in depth will be tested in this fixture with two key men missing from the pack. David Fifita as well as captain Danny Kirmond will sit out whilst James Batchelor also drops out. Joe Arundel, Kyle Wood and Tinirau Arona are all recalled.
  • Despite conceding 34 last week, Wakefield still have the third best defence in Super League so far this season. They have conceded 100 points from their six games at an average of 16.7 points per game.

CASTLEFORD TIGERS

Head Coach: Daryl Powell

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

Unavailable: Joe Wardle, Greg Eden, Liam Watts, Jy Hitchcox, Jesse Sene-Lefao

  • Castleford almost allowed a 0-24 lead to slip away as they just kept Leeds at bay late on in their high-octane clash at Elland Road with the Tigers claiming a 24-25 victory.
  • Daryl Powell has made just one change to his squad with Oliver Holmes returning from suspension. He takes the place of Jy Hitchcox.
  • Castleford showed some glimpses of last season’s table-topping form in their game with Leeds but the way they allowed the Rhinos back into the game will be a concern. The Tigers have conceded 21.6 points per game this season with some work needed in defence.

THE PREDICTION

Wakefield and Castleford get Super League’s Easter bonanza underway with 12 games in five days. Wakefield’s good start to the season could start to unravel with a loss to their local rivals which would be their third loss on the bounce having started the season with four consecutive wins. Despite beating Leeds last week, Castleford have plenty of improving to do and won’t want a repeat of last week’s close call if they manage to build up a lead again. This is an intriguing contest to start the weekend’s action and it could go either way but Wakefield’s injuries in the pack could be crucial and the Tigers can claim their fifth win in a row.