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14 Apr 2017 by TSZ

Castleford Tigers vs Wakefield Trinity Preview

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The Lowdown

CASTLEFORD TIGERS

  • Castleford went to the champions' backyard last week and comfortably beat Wigan to maintain top spot in the Super League and their fabulous start to the season.
  • They lost captain Michael Shenton with a back spasm prior to kick-off last week which forced a reshuffle and they will be without him once again as they will not risk him for this game.
  • Grant Millington comes into the 19-man squad in what is the only change as Daryl Powell is delighted with the form of his team and has no new injury concerns otherwise.

Head Coach: Daryl Powell

Squad: Rangi Chase, Matt Cook, Greg Eden, Luke Gale, Zak Hardaker, Oliver Holmes, Andy Lynch, Nathan Massey, Mike McMeeken, Paul McShane, Grant Millington, Adam Milner, Greg Minikin, Joel Monaghan, Junior Moors, Ben Roberts, Jesse Sene-Lefao, Gadwin Springer, Jake Webster

Unavailable: Michael Shenton (Back), Larne Patrick (Wrist), Alex Foster (Pectoral), Luke Million, Will Maher

WAKEFIELD TRINITY

  • Wakefield dominated Widnes 30-4 last week making it their fifth win in their last six games, and this current run of form is one of their best streaks in recent years.
  • Chris Chester makes two changes to his 19-man squad as Anthony England is back from injury and Mason Caton-Brown comes back in for James Batchelor and Anthony Walker.
  • The stadium issues continue to rumble on behind the scenes but that is not having any impact on the pitch as the two in-form teams will battle it out for the Adam Watene Trophy.

Head Coach: Chris Chester

Squad: Mitch Allgood, Tinirau Arona, Joe Arundel, Matty Ashurst, Mason Caton-Brown, Anthony England, David Fifita, Liam Finn, Scott Grix, Dean Hadley, Craig Huby, Tom Johnstone, Ben Jones-Bishop, Danny Kirmond, Jacob Miller, Bill Tupou, Sam Williams, Kyle Wood

Unavailable: Reece Lyne (Knee), Jordan Crowther, Chris Annakin, Mikey Sio, James Batchelor, Anthony Walker


Analysis - what to expect
These West Yorkshire rivals come into this game on Good Friday in top form, but one has to favour the hosts based on their incredible firepower. It would take a major performance by Trinity and an off-day for the Tigers to avoid the inevitable here, with Gale, Eden and Minikin still in red hot form. In addition, their defence has shown signs of stepping up, making them a formidable opponent at present. Home win.

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