Match Preview: Castleford Tigers vs Hull FC
It’s 4th versus 5th at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle tomorrow night when Hull FC and Castleford Tigers go head-to-head in a crucial Super League fixture.
The Black & Whites claimed two more points last time out with a 35-32 victory over Salford Red Devils, as Lee Radford’s side accumulated 10 Super League wins so far this season.
Castleford needed Golden Point to secure a win over Huddersfield Giants last Friday - the Tigers remain just two points behind Hull in the table.
Here’s everything you need to know ahead of tomorrow’s clash with the Tigers!
What’s the team news?
Scott Taylor is back from a calf injury, but Hull FC will be without Sika Manu, who is suffering with a dead leg, Josh Bowden, who is rested after recently returning from a lengthy injury, and the suspended Josh Griffin.
Gareth Ellis (achilles), Carlos Tuimavave (achilles), Jordan Lane (knee), Jack Logan (arm), Matty Dawson-Jones (knee) and Jack Sanderson (shoulder) remain sidelined for the Black & Whites.
After returning to the UK from compassionate leave, Jesse Sene-Lefao returns to the Tigers’ 19-man squad this week, along with fellow Samoan international Junior Moors.
FC 19-man squad: Jamie Shaul, Bureta Faraimo, Albert Kelly, Marc Sneyd, Scott Taylor, Danny Houghton, Dean Hadley, Mark Minichiello, Joe Westerman, Jake Connor, Chris Green, Brad Fash, Mickey Paea, Jez Litten, Danny Washbrook, Ratu Naulago, Andre Savelio, Jack Brown, Kieran Buchanan
CT 19-man squad: Peter Mata’utia, James Clare, Greg Minikin, Greg Eden, Jake Trueman, Liam Watts, Paul McShane, Grant Millington, Mike McMeeken, Adam Milner, Nathan Massey, Jesse Sene-Lefao, Junior Moors, Matt Cook, Cory Aston, Jordan Rankin, Chris Clarkson, Daniel Smith, Cheyse Blair
What’s the lowdown on the Tigers?
Following their Sixth Round exit in the Coral Challenge Cup at the hands of Hull FC last month, Castleford will be keen to claim revenge when they host the Black & Whites on their own patch tomorrow night, where they have only lost two games in 2019.
Currently sitting just two points behind the Airlie Birds in 5th place, Daryl Powell’s side are looking to hit a rich vein of form after beating Huddersfield Giants in Golden Point last Friday.
Players have come and gone throughout the course of the season so far at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle, with Ben Roberts leaving Castleford and the likes of Cheyse Blair, Daniel Smith and Chris Clarkson coming through the door.
What’s the memorable match?
It’s almost the three-year anniversary of Hull FC’s narrow 24-22 victory over Castleford Tigers at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle in 2016, when Lee Radford’s side moved two points clear at the top of the Super League table.
Despite early Luke Dorn and Jake Webster tries for Castleford, the Airlie Birds hit back through Frank Pritchard, Danny Houghton and Mahe Fonua to put Hull FC 18-8 in front at half-time.
The Tigers responded after the interval, when Paddy Flynn and Denny Solomona drew the scores level.
Jamie Shaul restored the lead for the visitors, who kept fighting back. Solomona finished acrobatically in the corner in the late stages of the game, but former Hull man Danny Tickle missed the conversion from wide to give FC an important win at the Jungle.
Who are the ones to watch?
FC: Mickey Paea continues to chew up the metres week by week for Hull FC, and head coach Lee Radford will be asking for more of the same from his Tongan front-rower when the Black & Whites come up against a big Castleford pack tomorrow night. Paea made 113 metres from just 13 carries in Hull’s most recent win over Salford Red Devils, as well as busting through three tackles. The 33-year-old prop is playing some of his best rugby now, and he will need another dominant performance to help Hull get onto the front foot tomorrow.
CT: Former Hull FC prop forward Liam Watts will go head-to-head with Paea tomorrow night, once again looking to prove a point as he features against the Black & Whites for the first time at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle. No player has made more metres than Watts in Super League so far this season. He is renowned for running the ball in at full tilt and making metres after contact with his powerful leg drive. FC’s middles will have to stand tall and win the pack battle, starting with doing a strong job on Watts.
What are the key match details?
Where: Mend-A-Hose Jungle, Wheldon Rd, Castleford, WF10 2SD
When: Thursday 13th June 2019, 7:45pm kick-off
Tickets: Mend-A-Hose Jungle ticket office