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Super League match preview: Castleford Tigers v Wakefield Wildcats
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Wakefield will be looking to get their top-eight bid back on track when they go head-to-head with Castleford at the Magic Weekend in Manchester.
The Wildcats come into the match off the back of a 44-18 loss to Hull KR while the Tigers showed plenty of spirit in last weekend's 39-30 defeat the Catalan Dragons.
Wakefield are currently four points behind eighth-placed St Helens while Castleford, now under the stewardship of Daryl Powell, have three wins and a draw from their 15 league games this season.
Wildcats' new signing Taulima Tautai is set to make his Super League debut on Saturday despite only arriving in England on Wednesday after being signed following his release by the Parramatta Eels.
Ali Lauitiiti is back for head coach Richard Agar after missing out against the Robins while Matty Wildie is also included in their 19-man squad. Jon Molloy and Vince Mellars miss out.
Agar is keen for a response from his troops following their drubbing at New Craven Park last time out, stating: "It's an understatement to say we were disappointed last week."
New Zealand-born England international Rangi Chase has been included in Castleford's squad despite fears over his fitness.
Former Leeds Rhinos forward Weller Hauraki returns after recovering from a shoulder injury suffered in the run up to the Catalan Dragons match. Dan Fleming also features while Lee Gilmour and Charlie Martin are left out.
Tigers centre Michael Shenton is keen for Castleford to impress against their local rivals following a 37-16 defeat at the Wish Communications Stadium earlier in the season.
"We definitely owe those guys one, because we let ourselves down when they came to our ground earlier in the year," he told the Yorkshire Evening Post.
"We don't want to be involved in this bottom of the table talk, we want to get away from that. In our eyes we are better than that and it's time for us to show that on a big stage."
Castleford Tigers: Owen, Carney, Shenton, Dixon, Chase, Ellis, Walker, Clark, Huby, Hauraki, Millington, Milner, Massey, Holmes, Thompson, Tansey, Fleming, Mason, Boyle.
Wakefield Wildcats: Mathers, Fox, Collis, L. Smith, Cockayne, T. Smith, Poore, Aiton, Raleigh, Lauitiiti, Kirmond, Washbrook, Wood, Amor, Wilkes, Lyne, Wildie, Annakin, Tautai.
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First Utility Super League Table
|4||Salford Red Devils||7||7|
|11||Hull K R||6||4|
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|Thursday 26th March|
|20:00||Salford Red Devils vs Widnes Vikings|
|Friday 27th March|
|20:00||Castleford Tigers vs Hull FC|
|20:00||Wigan Warriors vs Wakefield Wildcats|
|20:00||Hull K R vs St Helens|
|20:00||Warrington Wolves vs Huddersfield Giants|
|Saturday 28th March|
|17:00||Catalans Dragons vs Leeds Rhinos|
|Thursday 2nd April|
|20:00||Hull vs Hull K R|
|20:00||Wakefield vs Catalans Dragons|
|20:00||Widnes vs Warrington|
|Friday 3rd April|
|12:45||Castleford vs Leeds|
|First Utility Super League|
|Sunday 22nd March|
|Widnes Vikings 20 - 16 Hull K R|
|Wakefield Wildcats 14 - 44 Huddersfield Giants|
|Friday 20th March|
|Leeds Rhinos 26 - 14 Wigan Warriors|
|Castleford Tigers 30 - 16 Salford Red Devils|
|Hull FC 33 - 22 Catalans Dragons|
|Thursday 19th March|
|St Helens 32 - 24 Warrington Wolves|
|Sunday 15th March|
|Hull K R 50 - 20 Catalans Dragons|
|Salford Red Devils 24 - 18 Wakefield Wildcats|
|Friday 13th March|
|Widnes Vikings 20 - 30 St Helens|
|Wigan Warriors 13 - 12 Hull FC|
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