Castleford will be looking to retain their 100% record and top of the table status. The Tigers have made an impressive start to their 2017 campaign. On the other hand, Salford have made an indifferent start to the season and have to improve on last week’s loss at Wakefield.
LAST TIME OUT
Salford had a tough test against Wakefield in a dramatic loss that saw them score 4 tries in twelve minutes to lead 22-12 early into the second half. The Red Devils thought they had the game won until a Reece Lyne try and Sam Williams conversion sealed the win for Wakefield.
Castleford had a huge win at Widnes last weekend scoring six tries to none. Both Greg Minikin and Greg Eden scored a brace, making them joint top Super League try-scorers with eight each.
Both teams have their powerful centres back in the 19-man squad, with Junior Sa’u returning for Salford and Jake Webster is recalled for the Tigers. Sa’u and Webster have similar attributes which add to their team’s ability to score points.
Salford have included Todd Carney in their squad with the halfback likely to start on the bench whilst he gets back to match fitness. Junior Sa’u returns after sitting out last week’s match through illness.
Castleford have just the one change with Webster returning to the side. Daryl Powell looks likely to keep his side similar to last week which is unsurprising.
Castleford have just been so good this year that I can’t see past them for taking the two points. Salford will definitely put up a fight and score plenty of points but Castleford have the confidence to score more.
Castleford by 18.
Salford: Walne, Murdoch-Masila, Kopczak, O’Brien, Griffin, Johnson, Bibby, Sa’u, J Carney, Brining, Welham, Mossop, Tomkins, Flanagan, Dobson, Krasniqi, Lui, Lannon, T Carney.
Castleford: Cook, Eden, Gale, Hardaker, Lynch, Maher, Massey, McShane, McMeeken, Millington, Milner, Minikin, Monaghan, Moors, Roberts, Sene-Lefao, Shenton, Springer, Webster.