The Super League front runners Castleford Tigers travel to the Totally Wicked Stadium on Easter Monday to take on St Helens who are still on the lookout for a new coach.
Last time out
It is now three games without a win for St Helens as they lost their annual Good Friday derby away to Wigan Warriors, going down 29-18 in a valiant effort after being reduced to 12 men in the first half. In their first game since Keiron Cunningham was sacked Kyle Amor was red carded for a high tackle just 13 minutes in, in a decision which divided opinion. Saints showed fight in the contest which will give their fans hope that they can turn their season around sooner rather than later, and start to climb the table.
Castleford Tigers continued their rampant form when they brushed aside Wakefield Wildcats in the first of their Easter fixtures, cruising to a 42-24 victory to remain top of the table. Luke Gale continues to pull the strings, while Greg Eden increased his tally to 12 tries as he continues to lead the scoring charts after returning from Australia. The attacking prowess of Daryl Powell’s men has made them genuine contenders for the title this year.
The Tigers are scoring from all over the field, but if you had to pinpoint where it is all coming from then Gale is your man. The halfback is creating and scoring a lot of Castleford’s four pointers this season and with his partner Rangi Chase getting back to his best they make a dangerous pairing. Saints will need to shut down their opponents six and seven, but will also need a big game from Matty Smith and Theo Fages if they are to be victorious. Smith missed the beginning of the year to injury but now he has to step up and become the leader that his side are desperate for in these testing times.
Castleford have never won away from home in this fixture in the Super League era, and have only registered five wins overall in their head-to-head with Saints. Easter Monday could signal the end of a four game losing run in this fixture for Powell’s men though, as they look too hot to handle in their current form. Castleford Tigers by 20.
St Helens 19 man squad: Tommy Makinson, Mark Percival, Adam Swift, Theo Fages, Matty Smith, Alex Walmsley, Kyle Amor, Jon Wilkin, Luke Douglas, Adam Walker, Luke Thompson, Tommy Lee, Dominique Peyroux, Greg Richards, Morgan Knowles, Matty Fleming, Ricky Bailey, Regan Grace, Zeb Taia
Castleford Tigers 19 man squad: Zak Hardaker, Greg Minikin, Jake Webster, Michael Shenton, Greg Eden, Rangi Chase, Luke Gale, Andy Lynch, Paul McShane, Grant Millington, Oliver Holmes, Mike McMeeken, Adam Milner, Nathan Massey, Jesse Sene-Lefao, Ben Roberts, Junior Moors, Matt Cook, Gadwin Springer.