Castleford Match Preview

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9th February 2018

Widnes Vikings take on Castleford Tigers at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle in the 2018 Betfred Super League on Sunday 11th February, 3:30pm kick off.

Denis Betts’ side come into this game on the back of an encouraging start following the 40-12 victory over Catalans Dragons in Round One last weekend. 

With this huge game edging closer, take a look at all the team news and injury updates you may need ahead of Sunday's game...

 

Tickets

Tickets for the Vikings’ trip to Castleford are available to purchase until 5pm on Saturday evening. 25% of all sales in advance of the game will be given to the Vikings, so invest in your Club by purchasing them before game day. Click here for full ticket details…

 

Squad News 

The Vikings make two changes from the 19-man squad that took on Catalans Dragons last weekend, as Danny Walker and Olly Ashall-Bott come into the squad to replace the injured Patrick Ah Van and Ed Chamberlain.

Widnes Vikings: Wellington, Ashall-Bott, Burke, Cahill, J.Chapelhow, Dean, Gilmore, Hanbury, Heremaia, Houston, Inu, Marsh, Mellor, Olbison, Runciman, D.Walker, White, Whitley, Wilde.

Daryl Powell has made two changes to last week’s 19 man squad that were defeated by St Helens. Joe Wardle and Jake Trueman are replaced in the squad by Alex Foster and Jy Hitchcox.

Castleford Tigers: Cook, Eden, Ellis, Foster, Gale, Green, Hitchcox, Holmes, Massey, McMeeken, McShane, Millington, Milner, Minikin, Moors, Roberts, Sene-Lefao, Shenton, Webster

 

Form 

Denis Betts’ side head into the game in decent form, with an unbeaten pre-season followed by a convincing victory over Catalans Dragons. The 40-12 win, in which the Vikings ran in 7 seven tries, and 34 unanswered points, was a brilliant way for the Club to kick-start their 2018 campaign. With 6 wins in their last 7 games, dating back to the 2017 Super 8s, Qualifiers campaign, the Vikings will be looking to continue that run of form.  

The Castleford Tigers started the 2018 season with a 46-6 defeat at the Totally Wicked Stadium against Justin Holbrook’s St Helens. The 2017 League Leaders would have been hoping to continue their form from last season into 2018, and will be looking to do that on home soil this weekend. 

2018 Form

Castleford Tigers: L          Widnes Vikings: W 

 

Previous Meetings

In the previous eight meetings between the two sides, the Tigers hold the edge over their opponents on Sunday, with six victories from the last eight. The Vikings will be looking to use the victory at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle in 2016 as motivation ahead of the trip across the Pennines, when a Lloyd White inspired Vikings ran out 38-28 winners.

 

26th May 2017: Castleford Tigers win 32-22 at The Mend-A-Hose Jungle

12th March 2017: Castleford Tigers win 34-0 at the Halton Stadium

25th September 2016: Castleford Tigers win 40-26 at The Mend-A-Hose Jungle

9th June 2016: Widnes Vikings win 38-28 at The Mend-A-Hose Jungle

10th April 2016: Castleford Tigers win 34-24 at the Halton Stadium

5th July 2015: Castleford Tigers win 34-20 at The Mend-A-Hose Jungle

19th April 2015: Widnes Vikings win 46-16 at the Halton Stadium

25th January 2015: Castleford Tigers win 20-18 at The Mend-A-Hose Jungle

    

Widnes Vikings Milestones 

If selected:

Greg Burke                            75th SL appearance

Chris Dean                             2 tries will give Chris 100 points in SL for Widnes

Rhys Hanbury                        2 tries will take Rhys to 100 tries in SL

Chris Houston                        50th SL appearance

Stefan Marsh                         1 try will take Stefan to 250 points in SL for Widnes

                                               2 tries will take Stefan though 300 points (302) for Widnes

Joe Mellor                              1 try will take Joe through 250 points (253) for Widnes

Charly Runciman                   50th SL appearance

Lloyd White                            2 tries will take Lloyd through 200 points (201) in SL

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