Castleford eye Super 8s spot with win over Salford

Castleford can confirm their top-eight spot and a place in the Super 8s with a win over Salford at the AJ Bell Stadium on Friday.

 The Tigers sit six points ahead of ninth place Hull KR with four games of the regular season remaining.

Daryl Powell’s side are also looking to bounce back from their 26-12 Challenge Cup quarter-final defeat to Wigan last Saturday which extended their winless run to three matches.

Salford have also lost their last three fixtures and a defeat would end their Super 8s hopes unless their six point deduction for salary cap breaches is overturned at next week’s appeal.

Former Castleford winger Justin Carney misses the game for the Red Devils through suspension.

New signing Sean Kenny is expected to make his Super League debut after the 21-year-old hooker completed his move from Warrington this week.

The Tigers have been dealt a blow as prolific winger Denny Solomona misses out through injury.

Lee Jewitt is also unavailable so Tom Holmes and Paddy Flynn return to the 19-man squad.

The game comes too soon however for Frankie Mariano who, after an injury-plagued two seasons, is back training with the first team.

Salford Red Devils: Jake Bibby, Michael Dobson, Niall Evalds, Mark Flanagan, George Griffin, Weller Hauraki, Josh Jones, Phil Joseph, Sean Kenny, Craig Kopczak, Olsi Krasniqi, Robert Lui, Ben Murdoch-Masila, Gareth O’Brien, Junior Sa’u, Logan Tomkins, Daniel Vidot, Adam Walne, Jordan Walne.

Castleford Tigers: Matt Cook, Ben Crooks, Luke Dorn, Paddy Flynn, Luke Gale, Oliver Holmes, Tom Holmes, Nathan Massey, Mike McMeeken, Paul McShane, Grant Millington, Adam Milner, Greg Minikin, Junior Moors, Joel Monaghan, Larne Patrick, Gadwin Springer, Danny Tickle, Jake Webster.

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