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  • Galea, Dean, Flynn, Ah Van,
    Goals: Tickle (2),
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  • Dorn, Shenton (2), Holmes, Clark (3),
    Goals: Sneyd (6),
  • Super League
  • 3rd Jul 2014
  • KO 20:00
  • Att: 4,562

Super League: Widnes Vikings v Castleford Tigers preview

Last updated: 3rd July 2014  


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Castleford Tigers will look to leapfrog reigning Super League champions Wigan Warriors and move into third place when they travel to face Widnes Vikings live on Sky Sports on Thursday night.

Daryl Powell's side enter Round 19 level on points with the defending champions, but could move within two points of league leaders St Helens should they prevail against the eigth-placed Vikings at the Select Security Stadium.

The Tigers come into the match on the back of a 14-10 victory over Salford Red Devils, with Jake Webster and Justin Carney touching down as Castleford bounced back from successive defeats.

Despite taking two points from the Red Devils last time out, Powell is well aware the Tigers were short of their best and will be eager to avoid any costly slips as the fight for playoff places intensifies.

“I thought we were in control at 8-0, but it gets like that when you’ve lost a couple," he said. "We came up with a couple of smart plays to get the job done eventually but, on the balance of possession, you’d have expected them to win the game.

“However, it’s about winning and I thought we did enough to come out on top at the end."

Meanwhile, Denis Betts' Vikings arrested their recent slide, losing three consecutive league outings, by hammering London Broncos 42-24 at the Hive Stadium to further prolong the capital side's search for a Super League success.

Capital gains

Following their capital gains, Betts has been boosted by the return of Liam Carberry, who could make his first appearance of the season.

Carberry has been missing since suffering a broken leg and ankle damage in a pre-season trial.

The return of Carberry means prop Eamon O’Carroll is the club's only long-term injury concern and the Vikings coach is delighted to have an almost fully-fit squad to select from.

“At the moment, Liam Carberry just played his first full eighty minutes for a Cumbrian select side at the weekend," Betts told the club's official website.

"So that’s nice to get him back on the field, there’s only really now and that’s Eamon and he’s training really well and we’re pleased with how he’s looking.”

Powell has made just two changes to the 19-man squad which edged out Salford last time out and there is a welcome return for Michael Channing.

The 22-year-old winger is back in the squad following an injury layoff, at the expense of last weekend's hero Jake Webster. Oliver Holmes also returns, with Frankie Mariano dropping out this time.

Widnes Vikings: Ah Van, Allen, Brown, Cahill, Carberry, Clarke, Dean, Flynn, Galea, Gerrard, Hanbury, Isa,  Joseph, Kavanagh, Leuluai, Mellor, Phelps, Tickle, White

Castleford Tigers: Dixon, Shenton, Carney, Dorn, Sneyd, Lynch, Milner, Huby, Millington, Hauraki, Massey, Clark, Holmes, Wheeldon, Ellis, Channing, Finn, Jewitt, Carvell

Watch Widnes Vikings v Castleford Tigers live on Sky Sports 1HD from 7:30pm

Super League Table

Super League Table - July 20 2014
Pos Team P Pts
1 St Helens 21 32
2 Wigan Warriors 21 30
3 Leeds Rhinos 21 30
4 Castleford Tigers 21 29
5 Warrington Wolves 21 28
6 Huddersfield Giants 21 26
7 Catalan Dragons 21 23
8 Widnes Vikings 21 21
9 Hull K R 21 18
10 Salford Red Devils 21 17
11 Wakefield Wildcats 21 17
12 Hull FC 21 15
13 Bradford Bulls * 21 2
14 London Broncos 21 0
Forthcoming Super League Fixtures
TimeFixture
Super League
Thursday 24th July
20:00Hull vs Castleford
Friday 25th July
20:00Salford vs Leeds
20:00St Helens vs Widnes
Saturday 26th July
15:00London Broncos vs Hull K R
Sunday 27th July
15:00Bradford vs Wigan
15:00Huddersfield vs Catalan Dragons
15:00Warrington vs Wakefield
Thursday 31st July
20:00Wigan vs Salford
Friday 1st August
19:00Catalan Dragons vs Warrington
20:00Hull vs St Helens

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