Castleford Tigers vs Widnes Vikings Preview

The Lowdown


  • Castleford retained their place at the top of the Super League table with a brilliant second half display helping them to see of Leeds Rhinos at the Magic Weekend.
  • Daryl Powell has opted to rest a couple of his squad to keep them fresh for Monday's game against Leigh. Jake Webster and Junior Moors have been given a break as well as Alex Foster with Ben Roberts, Kevin Larroyer and Joel Monaghan taking their places in the 19-man squad.
  • The Tigers have made the Mend-A-Hose Jungle a fortress and will be looking for their 10th home victory in a row in Super League. They've scored 88 tries this season and will be looking to get close to the 100 mark in this game.

Head Coach: Daryl Powell

Squad: Matt Cook, Greg Eden, Luke Gale, Kieran Gill, Zak Hardaker, Tom Holmes, Kevin Larroyer, Andy Lynch, Nathan Massey, Mike McMeeken, Paul McShane, Grant Millington, Greg Minikin, Adam Milner, Joel Monaghan, Ben Roberts, Jesse Sene-Lefao, Gadwin Springer, Michael Shenton

Unavailable: Larne Patrick (Wrist)


  • Widnes remained rooted to the bottom of the Super League table as they fell to defeat against Wakefield at the Magic Weekend. The Vikings looked devoid of ideas for large parts of the game with it evident that they are missing creative talent.
  • Corey Thompson makes a welcome return for Denis Betts' side as well as the likes of Chris Bridge, Tom Olbison and Ted Chapelhow but they are once again without a large contingent of their squad through injury with Rhys Hanbury and Chris Houston notable losses with Rangi Chase also missing.
  • The Vikings have lost six of their last seven Super League matches and a trip to the side sitting top of the league looks a daunting prospect, especially with the way Castleford have been free-scoring this season.

Head Coach: Denis Betts

Squad: Chris Bridge, Jack Buchanan, Greg Burke, Hep Cahill, Ed Chamberlain, Jay Chapelhow, Ted Chapelhow, Alex Gerrard, Aaron Heremaia, Ryan Ince, Jack Johnson, Jordan Johnstone, Manase Manuokafoa, Tom Olbison, Charly Runciman, Corey Thompson, Brad Walker, Danny Walker, Lloyd White

Unavailable: Patrick Ah Van (Achilles), Danny Craven (Injury), Joe Mellor (Injury), Matt Whitley (Injury), Tom Armstrong (Injury), MacGraff Leuluai (Injury), Chris Dean (Injury), Tom Gilmore (Injury), Stefan Marsh (Injury), Gil Dudson (Injury), Rhys Hanbury (Injury), Chris Houston (Injury), Eamon O'Carroll (Injury), Sam Wilde (Injury), Rangi Chase

Analysis - what to expect
Top vs bottom. Best attack vs worst defence. Best defence vs worst attack. If ever a game looked like a foregone conclusion, it's this one. Castleford have been irresistible at times this season and will be licking their lips at the prospect of facing a Widnes side who have only won two league games all season. Castleford's home form is imperious and having averaged 50.2 points per game over their last six Super League home games, the signs don't look good for a porous Widnes defence. Castleford will fancy themselves to post another huge score here and it's difficult to envisage anything else.