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MATCH PREVIEW | Warrington Wolves vs Castleford Tigers

Steve Price’s Warrington side will be looking to bounce back from the one point defeat at the hands of Catalans, against Daryl Powell’s Castleford Tigers at the Halliwell Jones Stadium. Here is everything you need to know…

 

TEAM FORM GUIDE

Warrington Wolves

Wire lost for the first time last weekend against Catalan Dragons, going down 23-22. However, the Wolves are third after three wins and one loss and now sit two points behind league leaders Castleford.

MATCH REPORT | Catalans Dragons 23-22 Warrington Wolves

Castleford Tigers

The current League Leaders are flying high, even with the ever-increasing injury list. Through all the adversity though, the Tigers are unbeaten after winning all of their first four games, including a 32-16 win over Hull KR last time out.

MATCH REPORT | Castleford Tigers 32-16 Hull KR

SQUAD NEWS

Warrington Wolves

Although the short turnaround and the loss last time out, Steve Price has named an unchanged 19 man squad for this one.

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There only doubt is Daryl Clark who limped off during the game at Catalans with a calf Injury. However Wolves head coach Steve Price expects the Hooker to be fit to face his former club.

Warrington Wolves 19-man squad: Austin, Atkins, D Clark, J Clark, Charnley, Cooper,  Goodwin, Hill, Lineham, Mamo, Murdoch-Massila, Patton, Philbin, Ratchford, Tasi, Walker, Westwood.

Castleford Tigers

Daryl Powell has made two change to his side, Grant Millington (after receiving a two match suspension) and Lewis Peachey, bringing Adam Milner and Alex Foster.

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Greg Eden will be looking to continue his try scoring consistency after scoring five tries in his sides four matches, and currently sits second on the try scoring table.

If Corey Aston is picked by Powell then he will be in line for his Super League debut.

Castleford Tigers 19-man squad: Aston, Clare, Clarkson, Cook, Eden, Egodo, Foster, Massey, Mata’utia, McShane, Milner, Minikin, Moors, O’Neill, Rankin, Sene-Lefao, Shenton, Trueman, Watts.

 

HEAD TO HEAD

Last season these two sides met three times with the Wolves winning one, 6-16 and Castleford winning the other two, including the 32-34 victory away at The Halliwell Jones.

In the last five meetings at the stadium though, it’s Castleford who have had more success between these two, winning three games to two and also are on a two game winning streak..

 

KEY BATTLE

Mike Cooper Warrington Wolves v Liam Watts Castleford Tigers

In Wire’s corner is Mike Cooper. Since his return two years ago from St George-Illawarra, he has been even better than before. With his fast hands, strong hit-ups, and big tackles. He is the all-round forward. Always at the heart of everything, he will need to put in a big shift to help Wire bounce back towards the two points.

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Whilst for Castleford its Liam Watts. After leaving Hull FC last year, the ruthless prop has been a big game player. Making 435 metres in three games, he will need to put in a big performance to help his side towards victory.

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THE IMPORTANT DETAILS

Date: Thursday 7th March 2019
Venue: Halliwell Jones Stadium
Kick-off: 7:45pm
Referee: C Kendall

 

WHO WILL WIN?

I think this one will be a really close game and we could see our first TV regular season golden point since the changes. Both teams have been constantly playing good rugby, and are the two top scorers in the League.

I’m going for a Wire win in Golden point just as I feel the home support will give them that last bit of motivation to win this one.

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Rugby League Enthusiast and Sports Journalism Student at the University of Chester. Contributor for the Warrington Wolves Match Day Programme.

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