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The Lowdown

LEIGH CENTURIONS

  • Leigh claimed their first ever away victory in Super League after they held on to defeat Hull FC at the KCOM Stadium in a close encounter on Friday night.
  • That win for Leigh was their first in nine Super League games and will give them a lift as they host the league leaders Castleford Tigers in what is likely to be another tough game.
  • Neil Jukes has made just one change to his 19-man squad with Harrison Hansen missing out through injury. His place in the squad is taken by Antoni Maria.

Head Coach: Neil Jukes

Squad: Jamie Acton, Mitch Brown, Lachlan Burr, Ben Crooks, Matty Dawson, Josh Drinkwater, Matty Fleming, Ryan Hampshire, Liam Hood, Sam Hopkins, Antoni Maria, Gregg McNally, Cory Paterson, Eloi Pelissier, Ben Reynolds, Glenn Stewart, Danny Tickle, Atelea Vea, Dayne Weston

Unavailable: Adam Higson (Suspended), James Clare (Knee), Harrison Hansen (Injury), Dave Thompson, Micky Higham, Willie Tonga, Curtis Naughton, James Green, Gareth Hock

CASTLEFORD TIGERS

  • Castleford retained their two-point advantage at the top of the Super League table after beating Widnes on Friday but left it late to claim the win after a lacklustre performance.
  • Jake Webster and Junior Moors return to the 19-man squad having been handed a rest in Friday's win over Widnes whilst Frenchman Kevin Larroyer could make his debut for the Tigers.
  • Daryl Powell will demand a much-improved performance from his side as they look to try and improve their record away from home having won just three of their last six away games.

Head Coach: Daryl Powell

Squad: Matt Cook, Greg Eden, Alex Foster, Luke Gale, Zak Hardaker, Tom Holmes, Kevin Larroyer, Nathan Massey, Mike McMeeken, Paul McShane, Grant Millington, Greg Minikin, Adam Milner, Junior Moors, Joel Monaghan, Ben Roberts, Jesse Sene-Lefao, Michael Shenton, Jake Webster

Unavailable: Larne Patrick (Wrist), Andy Lynch, Gadwin Springer


Analysis - what to expect
Leigh's win over Hull was an important one as they closed the gap on the top 8 to just four points. They come up against a Castleford side sitting top of the league but maybe allowed complacency to play a part in their game when beating Widnes, having been behind for the majority of the game. Similar complacency here may see Leigh claim back-to-back wins but the Tigers should have too much.