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16 Aug 2017 by TSZ

Castleford Tigers vs Wakefield Trinity Preview

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The Lowdown

CASTLEFORD TIGERS

  • Following their 23-4 win at Salford last week, the Tigers know that a point against local rivals Wakefield here will seal the League Leaders' Shield and secure a home play-off semi-final, so motivation will be extremely high.
  • They welcome back star winger Greg Eden after injury and he will be looking to add to his league leading tally of 34 tries, so his inclusion gives them a major boost as he replaces Joel Monaghan in the 19-man squad.
  • Forwards Andy Lynch and Junior Moors both return from injury to come back into the squad for this game in front of what is expected to be a sell-out crowd as the Tigers aim to seal top spot for the first time in their 91-year history.

Head Coach: Daryl Powell

Squad: Matt Cook, Greg Eden, Alex Foster, Luke Gale, Zak Hardaker, Jy Hitchcox, Oliver Holmes, Andy Lynch, Nathan Massey, Mike McMeeken, Paul McShane, Grant Millington, Adam Milner, Greg Minikin, Junior Moors, Ben Roberts, Jesse Sene-Lefao, Michael Shenton, Jake Webster

Unavailable: Kevin Larroyer (Suspended), Joel Monaghan, Larne Patrick, Tom Holmes, Gadwin Springer

WAKEFIELD TRINITY

  • Wakefield produced one of their best performances of the season last week when they hammered Leeds 38-6 and that will give them big confidence as they travel to their West Yorkshire rivals aiming to spoil the Cas party.
  • Joe Arundel and James Hasson are both ruled out through injury so winger Mason Caton-Brown and Craig Huby come back in and Caton-Brown especially will be looking to make an impact on his return to the squad.
  • Trinity themselves need to keep picking up points as they currently sit in fourth spot but have St Helens and Salford both breathing down their necks so there are plenty of motivating factors in their favour also.

Head Coach: Chris Chester

Squad: Chris Annakin, Tinirau Arona, Matty Ashurst, Mason Caton-Brown, Anthony England, David Fifita, Liam Finn, Scott Grix, Dean Hadley, Keegan Hirst, Craig Huby, Ben Jones-Bishop, Max Jowitt, Danny Kirmond, Reece Lyne, Jacob Miller, Bill Tupou, Sam Williams, Kyle Wood

Unavailable: Adam Walker (Suspended), Tom Johnstone (Knee), Mitch Allgood (Injured), James Batchelor (Injured), Joe Arundel (Injured), James Hasson (Injured)

  • Castleford's 48 tries in the LW zone is the highest by any team in any zone across Super League this season.
  • Only three Super League teams have conceded a higher percentage of tries than Castleford in the LW zone this season - Leigh Centurions, Salford Red Devils and Warrington Wolves.
  • Wakefield have scored an identical number of tries on each wing - 34.
  • Wakefield have only scored 9 tries in the left-centre zone this season, the lowest of all Super League teams in that area of the pitch.

Analysis - what to expect
The Castleford Tigers welcome West Yorkshire rivals Wakefield Trinity in front of the television cameras for a game in which they can seal the League Leaders' Shield. The biggest motivator for them will be to clinch the Shield in front of their home fans and the Jungle will be sold out for this huge game in their history. Trinity come off a magnificent win and performance against Leeds but this looks to be a tough assignment for them against a team that has already beaten them twice in two high scoring games this season.

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