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Preview: Castleford vs Leeds

Castleford Tigers will be looking to make it four wins on the bounce when they take on the Leeds Rhinos at the Mend A Hose Jungle on Friday.

The Tigers overturned a half time deficit to defeat the Huddersfield Giants last week, whilst the Leeds Rhinos overcame Challenge Cup winners Hull FC at Headingly. Both teams have already secured their places in the Betfred Super League semi finals with Castleford guaranteed a home semi final due to them winning the league leaders shield.

Leeds are on a two game winning run having won their last two matches at home against Hull and St Helens respectively, but in both games they have struggled when it comes to defence especially when it comes to their goal line. But in comparison they have the second best attack in the league with Kallum Watkins in the centres and Ash Goldin at full back they are a force to be reckoned with.

Daryl Powell’s Tigers have played the Leeds Rhinos three times already this season and have won all of them, with the Tigers putting 66 points past the Rhinos when they met back in round three of the regular season. Since then the Rhinos have been a changed side having solved most of their issues that arose in their 66-10 loss to Castleford earlier in the season.

Rob Burrow is set to miss Fridays’s game against Castleford having picked up a one game suspension for a Grade B charge in last weeks win against Hull FC. Burrow is set to retire at the end of the current season and has been at the Rhinos for all of his career.

Daryl Powell head coach of Castleford spoke about his team selection for this weeks game which see’s Grant Millington and Mike McMeeken make a return.

“We have a real competition for places now as our boys look towards the Semi Final, the boys want to be in the team that play in that Semi Final and if that’s not going to get the best out of people then I’ll be checking for pulses. We’ll have no problem having a motivated team taking to the field for these last three Super 8’s games,” said Powell.

“From now on in I won’t be making many changes, we have three games left now to get ourselves fine-tuned and toughened up.”

Castleford Tigers Squad:

5. Greg Eden 34. Alex Foster 7. Luke Gale 1. Zak Hardaker 25. Jy Hitchcox 33. Kevin Larroyer 14. Nathan Massey 12. Mike McMeeken 9. Paul McShane 10. Grant Millington 13. Adam Milner 2. Greg Minikin 17. Junior Moors

Interchange: 20. Larne Patrick 16. Ben Roberts 15. Jesse Sene-Lefao 4. Michael Shenton 19. Gadwin Springer 3. Jake Webster

Leeds Rhinos Squad:

1. Ashton Golding 2. Tom Briscoe 3. Kallum Watkins 4. Joel Moon 5. Ryan Hall 6. Danny McGuire 9. Matt Parcell 10. Adam Cuthbertson 11. Jamie Jones-Buchanan 12. Carl Ablett 13. Stevie Ward 14. Liam Sutcliffe 15. Brett Delaney

Interchange: 16. Brad Singleton 17. Mitch Garbutt 18. Jimmy Keinhorst 20. Anthony Mullally 25. Jordan Lilley 31. Jack Walker


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