Castleford Tigers vs St Helens Preview

The Lowdown

CASTLEFORD TIGERS

  • Castleford returned to their fluent best on Monday when they scored 38 unanswered points against Leigh as they kept their hosts scoreless. Cas were much improved on their display over Widnes, with head coach Daryl Powell stating he was impressed with how his side found different ways to win in both games.
  • Powell has made a plethora of changes as he tries to keep the squad fresh following last weekend's double-header. Adam Milner and Matt Cook miss out through injury whilst Luke Gale, Zak Hardaker, Michael Shenton, Grant Millington and Mike McMeeken are rested.
  • The experienced Andy Lynch comes in as well as Tuoyo Egodo, Kieran Gill, Jy Hitchcox, Will Maher, Luke Million and Jake Trueman as the Tigers' squad depth is tested for the first time this season.

Head Coach: Daryl Powell

Squad: Greg Eden, Kieran Gill, Tuoyo Egodo, Alex Foster, Jy Hitchcox, Tom Holmes, Kevin Larroyer, Andy Lynch, Will Maher, Nathan Massey, Paul McShane, Luke Million, Greg Minikin, Junior Moors, Joel Monaghan, Ben Roberts, Jesse Sene-Lefao, Jake Trueman, Jake Webster

Unavailable: Larne Patrick (Wrist), Oliver Holmes (Knee), Matt Cook (Knee), Adam Milner (Leg), Gadwin Springer (Hamstring), Luke Gale (Rested), Zak Hardaker (Rested), Grant Millington (Rested), Mike McMeeken (Rested), Michael Shenton (Rested)

ST HELENS

  • St. Helens will be looking for their third win on the bounce when they travel to league leaders Castleford, with Saints also hoping to do a league double over the Tigers.
  • Jonny Lomax has returned from injury to give head coach Justin Holbrook a boost ahead of the game with Saints now boasting an injury-free squad.
  • Saints have won 17 of the last 19 meetings between the two sides in all competitions, but despite winning their last league encounter in April, Cas won the last game 53-10 in the Challenge Cup last month.

Head Coach: Justin Holbrook

Squad: Kyle Amor, Luke Douglas, Theo Fages, Regan Grace, Morgan Knowles, Tommy Lee, Jonny Lomax, Tommy Makinson, Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Ryan Morgan, Mark Percival, Dominique Peyroux, James Roby, Matty Smith, Adam Swift, Zeb Taia, Luke Thompson, Alex Walmsley, Jon Wilkin

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Analysis - what to expect
The RFL allowing St. Helens and Huddersfield to postpone their fixture last Monday has caused controversy throughout the league, with Castleford head coach Daryl Powell making his feelings clear on the matter. He has taken the decision to rest a number of his key men to keep them fresh for the rest of the season against a Saints team that only played one game during last weekend's double header. Greg Eden has scored four hat-tricks is his last four games as well as crossing the line 28 times in 17 appearances this season but his inclusion may not be enough for an under-strength Cas side to hold off the more rested St. Helens.