Castleford host Widnes at the Mend-a-Hose Jungle on Thursday looking to complete a league double over the Vikings in 2016.
The Tigers won the reverse fixture earlier in the season, and victory on Thursday will see Daryl Powell’s men achieve two league doubles over Widnes in three years.
In their last outing, Cas defeated Huddersfield away from home, with prolific winger Denny Solomona claiming a brace of tries. In fact, the New Zealander has scored two tries in each of his last four appearances, and has an unparalleled total of 22 league tries for the season.
He also has a fantastic record against Widnes, scoring hat-tricks in both this season’s reverse fixture at the Select Security Stadium, and in the victory at the Mend-a-Hose Jungle in 2015.
The Widnes defence may feel they know Solomona all too well by now, but there are also some more familiar faces in Daryl Powell’s 19. On the opposite wing, Paddy Flynn is set to face his old team-mates for the first time since joining Castleford on loan, while forward Danny Tickle is also part of the squad, as his career continues its revival.
Denis Betts’ men will want to avoid falling into the trap that saw them lose eight successive league games recently. Instead, they will hope to capitalise on the recent victory over Huddersfield.
In the defeat to Hull last week, however, the Widnes outfit looked set to continue that poor streak, epitomised by Jamie Shaul’s breakaway try straight from the kick-off.
A win for Castleford will see them leapfrog St Helens before the latter play on Saturday, while two points for Widnes will move them to within one point of the Tigers and consolidate their spot in the top eight.
Castleford 19-man squad: Dorn, Monaghan, Webster, Solomona, Gale, Milner, Millington, McMeeken, Massey, Jewitt, McShane, Cook, Moors, Crooks, Springer, Maher, Patrick, Tickle, Flynn.
Widnes 19-man squad: Ah Van, Brown, Bridge, Buchanan, Cahill, J Chapelow, Dean, Dudson, Hanbury, Heremaia, Houston, Leuluai, Manuokafoa, Mellor, Runciman, Sa, Thompson, White, Whitley