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05 Jul 2017 by TSZ

Wakefield Trinity vs Castleford Tigers Preview

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The Lowdown

WAKEFIELD TRINITY

  • Wakefield closed the gap on the top 4 to just a single point after they put in an impressive display to pick up a comfortable victory at home to Warrington last week.
  • Chris Chester had named an unchanged 19-man squad but lost centre Reece Lyne to Tuesday night's disciplinary hearing. Wakefield may appeal that ruling on Wednesday and will hope he can overturn the two-game ban handed down.
  • The win over Warrington was Wakefield's sixth win in their last eight home Super League games but will face an uphill task to improve that record against local rivals and league leaders Castleford.

Head Coach: Chris Chester

Squad: Chris Annakin, Tinirau Arona, Joe Arundel, Matty Ashurst, Mason Caton-Brown, Jordan Crowther, Anthony England, Liam Finn, Scott Grix, Dean Hadley, Keegan Hirst, Craig Huby, Ben Jones-Bishop, Mikey Sio, Bill Tupou, Adam Walker, Sam Williams, Kyle Wood

Unavailable: Reece Lyne (Suspended), Tom Johnstone (Knee), Jacob Miller (Leg), David Fifita (Knee), Danny Kirmond (Injured), Mitch Allgood (Injured), James Batchelor (Injured), Max Jowitt

CASTLEFORD TIGERS

  • Castleford held on for an important win as they ran out 24-22 winners at home to Hull FC last weekend, a result that saw Cas extend their winning run in Super League to nine matches as well as increasing their lead at the top of the table to eight points.
  • Daryl Powell has made a couple of changes to his 19-man squad as veteran prop Andy Lynch and Greg Minikin return to the fold with Kevin Larroyer and Tom Holmes the men to make way.
  • Cas have been white-hot for the majority of the season and now face a team they have dominated in the recent past having won nine of the last 10 Super League games between the two sides, scoring at least 40 points in the last six of those encounters.

Head Coach: Daryl Powell

Squad: Greg Eden, Alex Foster, Luke Gale, Zak Hardaker, Jy Hitchcox, Andy Lynch, Nathan Massey, Mike McMeeken, Paul McShane, Grant Millington, Adam Milner, Greg Minikin, Joel Monaghan, Larne Patrick, Ben Roberts, Jesse Sene-Lefao, Michael Shenton, Gadwin Springer, Jake Webster

Unavailable: Oliver Holmes (Knee), Matt Cook (Knee), Junior Moors (Knee), Tom Holmes, Kevin Larroyer

Analysis – what to expect

An intriguing local derby kicks off Round 21 of Super League with league leaders Castleford travelling to Wakefield. Trinity have been impressive this season and are worthy of their current league placing but are desperate to finish inside the top 4. Cas have been even more impressive and already look set to claim the League Leaders' Shield in 10 games' time. The Tigers have been too good for Wakefield in recent meetings, winning by an average of a 30 point margin in their last six league games. Whilst that margin may not be reached in this fixture, Castleford should again have too much for Wakefield.

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