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- First Utility Super League
- 24th Feb 2013
- KO 15:30
- Att: 5,205
Super League match preview: Castleford Tigers v Catalan Dragons
Castleford will be without the suspended Rangi Chase for the visit of Catalan on Sunday but otherwise the Tigers are at full strength.
Prop Keith Mason has recovered from a hamstring injury that forced him to miss the last two matches, while half-back Gareth O'Brien will play after passing a head test.
Head Coach Ian Millward is determined that his players will not be distracted by recent upheaval off the field at the club.
"We're really full of ourselves as a group at the moment, we have a rugby league team playing and working hard for each other," he told the club's official website. "We have a job to do on Sunday and we'll get on and do it.
"We don't have Rangi this week but we have worked hard in the off season on our structures for when Rangi isn't available and we've been boosted by Gareth O'Brien passing his head test.
"He's a talented kid and was unlucky with what happened to him. With him on the field for 80 minutes things could have been different.
"We need to be better with possession than last week and having Gareth fit should help with that. I want to see quicker line speed but above all, I want us to be competitive for 80 minutes.
"It is going to be a tough game on Sunday so we really need that same atmosphere and support that we had at home against Leeds."
Catalan have co-captain Gregory Mounis back from a finger injury that forced him to miss last week's defeat at Warrington, but full-back Brent Webb is suspended, along with prop Julian Bousquet.
Darrell Millward or Thomas Bosc are the other full-back options open to coach Laurent Frayssinous.
Castleford squad: Carney, Shenton, Webster, Dixon, Ellis, Walker, Clark, Huby, Gilmour, Hauraki, Millington, Emmitt, Milner, Massey, Holmes, Thompson, Tansey, Mason, O'Brien
Catalan squad: Blanch, Pryce, Taia, Bosc, Elima, Henderson, Casty, Menzies, Anderson, Mounis, Barthau, Pelissier, Larroyer, Millard, Pala, Simon, Fakir, Baitieri, Duport
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|8||Salford Red Devils||3||2|
|11||Hull K R||2||0|
|First Utility Super League|
|Friday 27th February|
|20:00||St Helens vs Castleford Tigers|
|Saturday 28th February|
|14:00||Catalans Dragons vs Warrington Wolves|
|19:30||Salford Red Devils vs Hull FC|
|Sunday 1st March|
|15:00||Hull K R vs Wigan Warriors|
|15:00||Widnes Vikings vs Wakefield Wildcats|
|Thursday 5th March|
|20:00||Hull FC vs Leeds Rhinos|
|Friday 6th March|
|20:00||Wakefield vs St Helens|
|20:00||Huddersfield Giants vs Widnes Vikings|
|20:00||Castleford Tigers vs Wigan Warriors|
|Saturday 7th March|
|15:30||Catalans Dragons vs Salford Red Devils|
|First Utility Super League|
|Thursday 26th February|
|Leeds Rhinos 28 - 24 Huddersfield Giants|
|Sunday 15th February|
|Wakefield 44 - 24 Hull K R|
|Saturday 14th February|
|Catalans Dragons 13 - 12 Castleford|
|Friday 13th February|
|Hull 6 - 7 Warrington|
|Leeds 38 - 6 Widnes|
|Wigan 24 - 16 Huddersfield|
|Thursday 12th February|
|Salford 6 - 52 St Helens|
|Sunday 8th February|
|Castleford 22 - 24 Wakefield|
|Huddersfield 0 - 19 Hull|
|Hull K R 30 - 40 Leeds|
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