2020 Super League – Hull KR vs Castleford Tigers Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Hull KR vs Castleford Tigers taking place? Thursday 27th February, 2020 – 19:45 (UK)

Where is Hull KR vs Castleford Tigers taking place? Hull College Craven Park

What is the expected weather for Hull KR vs Castleford Tigers? 4c in clear skies

What channel is Hull KR vs Castleford Tigers on? Sky Sports Arena

Where can I stream Hull KR vs Castleford Tigers? Sky Sports subscribers can stream the match online via the Sky Go app

Where can I get tickets for Hull KR vs Castleford Tigers? Click here for the official Super League ticket section

What was the outcome in the last meeting? Hull KR 27-26 Castleford Tigers

THE TEAM NEWS

HULL KR

  • Hull KR suffered a third consecutive defeat as they struggled to get a foothold in their game against Huddersfield last week and were only able to avoid a nilling with a consolation try late on in the contest.
  • Rovers are already light in the pack and suffered two further injuries last week with Harvey Livett suffering a head knock that rules him out here whilst hooker Matt Parcell is likely to be out for at least two months because of an ankle injury.
  • To compound their woes, Hull KR will also be without prop Robbie Mulhern this week after he was handed a one-match ban for a dangerous tackle with Nick Rawsthorne, Matty Gee and Ethan Ryan replacing the unavailable trio in the 21-man squad.

21-man squad: Brierley, Crooks, Dagger, Garbutt, Gee, Hadley, Harrison, Kenny-Dowall, Keyes, Lawler, Lewis, Linnett, Litten, Maher, Minchella, Minikin, Murray, Rawsthorne, Ryan, Storton, Trout

Unavailable: Mose Masoe (Injured), Weller Hauraki (Injured), Adam Quinlan (Injured), Jordan Abdull (Injured), Jamie Ellis (Injured), Robbie Mulhern (Suspended), Matt Parcell (Injured), Harvey Livett (Injured)

Questionable: Mitch Garbutt (Injured)

CASTLEFORD TIGERS

  • Castleford bounced back from their loss to Catalans as they produced a strong second-half showing to see off local rivals Wakefield with the Tigers not conceding a single point after the break in that game.
  • The Tigers will be eager to make it four wins from five matches as they travel to Craven Park and they are boosted by the return of Adam Milner from injury with youngster Brad Martin making way from last week’s 21-man squad.
  • Jesse Sene-Lefao failed to appear last week despite being named in that squad but he will be in contention for this clash which could further boost the Tigers’ options, whose injury list continues to shorten.

21-man squad: Blair, Clare, Griffin, Hepi, Holmes, Massey, Mata’utia, McMeeken, McShane, Millington, Milner, Olpherts, O’Neill, Rankin, Richardson, Sene-Lefao, Shenton, Smith, Trueman, Turner, Watts

Unavailable: Sosaia Feki (Injured), Alex Foster (Injured), Matt Cook (Injured), Greg Eden (Injured), Junior Moors (Injured)

Questionable: Jesse Sene-Lefao (Injured), Adam Milner (Injured)

THE PREDICTION

Hull KR put in an improved defensive display but it was with the ball where they struggled last week as they managed just a solitary try in their loss to Huddersfield. They have lost three in a row since their round 1 win over Wakefield and have now lost a key player in hooker Matt Parcell to injury for the foreseeable future. They host a Castleford side that have won three of their four games so far this season and the Tigers should be able to improve that record comfortably here.

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