Leeds Rhinos vs Castleford Tigers Super League Round 7 Preview

The scene is set for this game to be one of the best of the opening rounds, the rematch of the 2017 Super League Grand Final, a scorned Castleford side travel to Leeds to silence their critics after their performance, Leeds fully aware of the threat the Tigers pose. 

Castleford and Leeds faced off 5 times in 2017, Castleford taking 4 of the 5 victories on offer, every game exceeding the 40 point margin accumatively. Leeds and Castleford now have one of the fastest growing rivalries in rugby League, guaranteeing to make this a superb game.

The Rhinos still have a rather full injury ward featuring many first choice players; Adam Cuthbertson, Stevie Ward, Liam Sutcliffe, Jimmy Keinhorst, Nathaniel Peteru, Mitch Garbutt and Brett ferres all ruled out through injury. Castleford have lost influencial forward, Jesse Sene-Lefao, to injury forcing him out of the 19, the only change to the squad due to face Wigan last week, he's replaced by Jy Hitchcox.

Leeds Rhinos - Ashton Golding, Tom Briscoe, Kallum Watkins, Ryan Hall, Joel Moon, Richie Myler, Matt Parcell, Brad Singleton, Jamie Jones-Buchanan, Carl Ablett, Brad Dwyer,Brett Delaney, Anthony Mullally, Ash Handley, Jack Ormondroyd, Jack Walker, Cameron Smith, Mikolaj Oledzki, Josh Walters.

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

I'm having extreme difficulty picking a winner for this fixture, Leeds are battered by injury but beat Saints last week, Castleford are well rested after their fixture was postponed, Castleford have the better record against the Rhinos but don't quite look like the side that dominated 2017. I'm giving this one to the Tigers by a margin of 0-6 points.


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