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Castleford

  • Finn (2), Dixon, Millington, Mariano, Holmes, Milner, Carney,
    Goals: Sneyd (6),
44 - 30

Huddersfield

  • Crabtree, Bailey (2), Cudjoe, Wardle,
    Goals: Cudjoe (5),
  • First Utility Super League
  • 11th Jul 2014
  • KO 20:00
  • Att: 5,310

Super League: Castleford Tigers v Huddersfield Giants preview

Last updated: 11th July 2014  


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Castleford Tigers could move top of Super League on Friday if they topple Huddersfield Giants and other results go their way.

The Tigers are two points behind St Helens but have a superior points difference while Daryl Powell’s men are a point behind Leeds Rhinos after thrashing Widnes 40-20 last Thursday.

The Giants will come to Castleford licking their wounds after being surprised by Salford Red Devils at the John Smith’s Stadium last Saturday.

Tigers head coach Daryl Powell has made three changes to his 19-man squad for the visit of the Giants on Friday.

Frankie Mariano, Jake Webster and Liam Finn all return to the side, with Luke Dorn, Garreth Carvell and Michael Channing missing out against Huddersfield.

Powell liked what he saw against Widnes last time out and he believes this season’s surprise package are nearing their best form once more.

“We had a really gutsy, toughed out win against Salford, who are showing that they are coming into a bit of form, then against Widnes last week there were some real signs that we are getting back to some form,” he told the Pontefract and Castleford Express.

Consistency

“But consistency within a game we are still striving for. I just thought we gave Widnes too many opportunities through our handling errors, but there were a lot of pleasing signs from the game. I thought we played some smart rugby league.”

Anderson has made four changes to his 19-man squad to face the Tigers with Antonio Kaufusi, Jake Connor, Kruise Leeming and Jack Miller replacing Scott Grix, Danny Brough, Jason Chan and David Faiumu.

Playmaker Brough is absent as he is nursing a sore jaw after being caught with a late high shot in last weekend’s loss to Salford. Grix is also injured with an adductor tear.

“Castleford are playing with a lot of confidence and a lot of energy, they have a lot of commitment to each other,” Anderson told the club’s official website.

“This week is a good challenge all round with some of the people that aren’t there. There’s no Grix, Lunt, Brough, Murphy, Faiumu or Fairbank.

“However, if we go out and show a lot of commitment and desire to each other, the club and the shirt that they’ll be wearing then I’m quite confident.”

Castleford Tigers: Sneyd, Dixon, Webster, Shenton, Carney, Ellis, Finn, Lynch, Clark, Huby, Holmes, Mariano, Millington, Jewitt, Wheeldon, Milner, Massey, Gibson, Clare.

Huddersfield Giants: McGillvary, Cudjoe, Wardle, Robinson, Crabtree, Kopczak, Ferres, Bailey, Lawrence, Patrick, Ta'ai, Wood, Broughton, Kaufusi, Mullally, Johnson, Connor, Leeming, Miller.

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First Utility Super League Table

First Utility Super League Table - February 26 2015
Pos Team P Pts
1 Leeds Rhinos 3 6
2 St Helens 2 4
3 Wakefield Wildcats 2 4
4 Warrington Wolves 2 4
5 Wigan Warriors 2 3
6 Hull FC 2 2
7 Catalans Dragons 2 2
8 Widnes Vikings 2 1
9 Castleford Tigers 2 0
10 Hull K R 2 0
11 Huddersfield Giants 3 0
12 Salford Red Devils 2 0
Forthcoming First Utility Super League Fixtures
TimeFixture
First Utility Super League
Friday 27th February
20:00St Helens vs Castleford Tigers
Saturday 28th February
14:00Catalans Dragons vs Warrington Wolves
19:30Salford Red Devils vs Hull FC
Sunday 1st March
15:00Hull K R vs Wigan Warriors
15:00Widnes Vikings vs Wakefield Wildcats
Thursday 5th March
20:00Hull FC vs Leeds Rhinos
Friday 6th March
20:00Wakefield vs St Helens
20:00Huddersfield Giants vs Widnes Vikings
20:00Castleford Tigers vs Wigan Warriors
Saturday 7th March
15:30Catalans Dragons vs Salford Red Devils
Today's Results
TimeResult
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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