Two top four contenders collide in the pick of this week’s action. Here’s everything you need to know…
Warrington head coach has named an unchanged squad from the one that defeated Wigan 23-0 last Saturday in the Challenge Cup.
They have the bulk of their squad available, with the only major absentees being Ben Currie, who is out for the season with an ACL injury, and Toby King with a hamstring tear.
The cup win took their form to a remarkable 12 wins in 13 matches and they sit in third place, two points ahead of Castleford.
Warrington 19-man squad: Ratchford, Lineham, Goodwin, Atkins, K Brown, Roberts, Hill, Clark, Cooper, Hughes, Murdoch-Masila, Patton, Akauola, Philbin, G King, Livett, M Brown, Charnley, Westwood.
Castleford defeated Hull KR 42-14 in last Friday’s catch-up Super League match, and coach Daryl Powell has made three changes to his squad for the trip to Warrington.
Greg Minikin returns from a calf injury, while Mitch Clark is line for a debut along with new signing Quentin Laulu Togaga’e, who joined last week from Halifax for the rest of the season.
Liam Watts and Jamie Ellis suffered calf and back injuries respectively and are forced to sit this one out, while Tuoyo Egodo also drops out.
Castleford 19-man squad: Minikin, Shenton, Eden, McShane, Millington, Holmes, McMeeken, Milner, Massey, Sene-Lefao, Wardle, Foster, Cook, Trueman, Clark, Hitchcox, Maher, Gill, Laulu-Togaga’e.
HEAD TO HEAD
Warrington came out on top when the two sides met on Easter Monday, winning 18-6 at a swamp-like Jungle.
The recent head-to-head record between these two has been very even, with each winning three of the last six meetings overall and two of the four most recent clashes at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.
KEY BATTLE – Daryl Clark vs Paul McShane
There are some fine hookers in Super League and two of the best will do battle in this clash, with both Daryl Clark and Paul McShane crucial to their respective sides’ hopes.
THE IMPORTANT DETAILS
Date: Friday 8th June
Venue: Halliwell Jones Stadium
Referee: Ben Thaler
WHO WILL WIN?