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Super League: Warrington Wolves v Castleford Tigers preview

Last updated: 14th August 2014  


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Warrington Wolves will aim to set aside their Tetley’s Challenge Cup semi-final heartache when they welcome Castleford Tigers to the Halliwell Jones Stadium for a Friday night showdown.

Both sides return to Super League action after experiencing contrasting emotions in the knockout competition last weekend, with Warrington bowing to Leeds Rhinos while Castleford booked their place in an all-Yorkshire Wembley final by seeing off the challenge of Widnes Vikings.

This round 24 fixture could have been a dress rehearsal for the Challenge Cup final, as it is, Warrington are now fully-focused on league matters and will draw level with the fourth-placed Tigers with victory on Friday.

With next Saturday’s Challenge Cup showpiece event in mind, Tigers coach Daryl Powell has opted to rotate a number of players but believes Castleford’s strength in depth will shine through.  

"It comes down to trusting your squad and the players that you've signed," said Powell, whose side are just two points behind leaders St Helens. "We've shown this year that we can compete with anybody.

"I looked at the squad the last time we played Warrington here at Easter and we rested quite a lot of players. The guys who came in delivered and we were superb that day.

"I don't see it as a major problem to be honest. Obviously we've got to fight on both fronts but I also think you've got to be sensible in your team selections.”

Just 10 players from the team that beat Widnes 28-6 in Sunday's semi-final are named in Powell's 19-man squad, with prop Craig Huby forced out with a dislocated elbow while a number of players are being kept back for Wembley.

Rotation policy

Captain Michael Shenton, leading scorer Marc Sneyd, hooker Daryl Clark and full-back Luke Dorn, who was man of the match against the Vikings, will all sit out as Under 19 forwards Brad Day and Will Maher get their first call-ups.

Former Leeds second rower Weller Hauraki is back from suspension and there are recalls for Michael Channing, Adam Milner, Ashley Gibson and Jordan Tansey.

Meanwhile, Wolves coach Tony Smith has made just one change to the side, bringing in second rower James Laithwaite in place of wing Gene Ormsby as he sets his sights on a third successive Grand Final appearance to offset the disappointment of their Cup exit.

Smith believes his Wolves side will not have been deterred by their 24-16 defeat to the Rhinos, instead, the Australian expects an emphatic response on home soil.

Warrington squad: Asotasi, Atkins, C. Bridge, England, R. Evans, Grix, Harrison, Higham, Hill, Laithwaite, J. Monaghan, M. Monaghan, Myler, O'Brien, Ratchford, Russell, Waterhouse, Westwood, Wood

Castleford squad: Tansey, Lynch, Milner, Hauraki, Massey, Holmes, Mariano, Wheeldon, Ellis, Gibson, Channing, Clare, Finn, Reynolds, Day, Jewitt, Carvell, Maher, Howden

Watch Warrington Wolves v Castleford Tigers live on Sky Sports 1HD on Friday from 7:30pm

Super League Table

Super League Table - September 14 2014
Pos Team P Pts
1 St Helens 27 38
2 Wigan Warriors 27 37
3 Huddersfield Giants 27 37
4 Castleford Tigers 27 36
5 Warrington Wolves 27 35
6 Leeds Rhinos 27 32
7 Catalans Dragons 27 29
8 Widnes Vikings 27 27
9 Hull K R 27 23
10 Salford Red Devils 27 23
11 Hull FC 27 22
12 Wakefield Wildcats 27 21
13 Bradford Bulls * 27 10
14 London Broncos 27 2
Forthcoming First Utility Super League Fixtures
TimeFixture
First Utility Super League
Thursday 5th February
20:00Widnes vs Wigan
Friday 6th February
20:00St Helens vs Catalans Dragons
Sunday 8th February
15:00Huddersfield vs Hull
15:00Warrington vs Salford
15:00Hull K R vs Leeds
15:30Castleford vs Wakefield
Thursday 12th February
20:00Salford vs St Helens
Friday 13th February
20:00Hull vs Warrington
20:00Leeds vs Widnes
20:00Wigan vs Huddersfield
Today's Results
TimeResult
First Utility Super League
Saturday 11th October
St Helens 14 - 6 Wigan
Friday 3rd October
Wigan 16 - 12 Warrington
Thursday 2nd October
St Helens 30 - 12 Catalans Dragons
Friday 26th September
Huddersfield 16 - 18 Catalans Dragons
Thursday 25th September
Castleford 14 - 30 Warrington
Saturday 20th September
Leeds 20 - 24 Catalans Dragons
Warrington 22 - 19 Widnes
Friday 19th September
St Helens 41 - 0 Castleford
Thursday 18th September
Wigan 57 - 4 Huddersfield
Sunday 14th September
Wakefield 18 - 42 Hull K R

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