Castleford Tigers vs Warrington Wolves Super League Round 9 Preview


A battle of 3rd vs 4th ensues in Super League's early kick off this bank holiday Monday as Castleford play host to a Warrington side that are rapidly growing with confidence. The Wolves coming back to beat Widnes in their last fixture, the Tigers holding out and utilising Luke Gale's kicking game to see off difficult Wakefield side. 

In 2017 Castleford and Warrington met two times, the Tigers walking away with the two competition points on both occasions and the Tigers hitting the thirty point mark both times. These sides can't be separated in terms of recent head to heads, both sides taking 5 wins and 5 losses from their last 10 meetings making this an incredibly tough game to call either way.

The Tigers make just the one change to the squad that ran out winners at Wakefield in round 8, Liam Watts is now back and available from suspension and has been named in Powell's 19 man squad to take on the Wolves, he replaces James Green. Warrington also make just the one change, Dominic Crosby is named in the 19 man squad, replacing Morgan Smith.

Castleford Tigers: James Clare, Matt Cook, Jamie Ellis, Alex Foster, Luke Gale, Oliver Holmes, Nathan Massey, Mike McMeeken, Paul McShane, Grant Millington, Adam Milner, Greg Minikin, Junior Moors, Ben Roberts, Michael Shenton, Gadwin Springer, Jake Trueman, Liam Watts, Jake Webster.

Warrington Wolves: Sitaleki Akauola, Ryan Atkins, Kevin Brown, Josh Charnley, Daryl Clark, Mike Cooper, Dominic Crosby, Ben Currie, Bryson Goodwin, Chris Hill, Jack Hughes, George King, Toby King, Tom Lineham, Ben Murdoch-Masila, Joe Philbin, Stefan Ratchford, Tyrone Roberts, Ben Westwood.

This has all the makings of the game of the round for me, two sides with a history of close games both raring to get one over on each other. Castleford will be looking to give Liam Watts his dream start with the club and will want this win badly, Warrington will want to keep  him quiet all night long and it's a battle I look forward to seeing unfold. I'm going to have to go in favour of the Wolves, Castleford seem to lose their composure in these big games, either starting well and fizzling out or simply not starting at all, Warrington 6-12 for me.

Pom


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