Castleford entertain Wakefield on Friday afternoon at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle with both sides in fine form ahead of the derby. Both are on a run of three consecutive wins with the Tigers beating Wigan at the DW Stadium last time out to lay down another marker, whilst Trinity comfortably beat Widnes 30-4 at the Beaumont Legal Stadium.
The two sides will also be playing for the Adam Watene Trophy; dedicated to the former Castleford and Wakefield forward who sadly passed away in 2008.
Speaking about the squad selected for this Friday’s derby, Castleford head coach Daryl Powell said: “Millington didn’t play last week and I’ll have to check him later in the week, and we’ll have to check Junior Moors too. Oliver Holmes hasn’t trained yet this week so we have a couple of bits and pieces to check on but hopefully all those guys will be okay, but we won’t know until later this week.”
Michael Shenton misses out on the Tigers squad after picking up a knock in the warm-up against the Wigan Warriors last week and is replaced by Grant Millington.
Trinity have made two changes to their squad that has won the previous three games, with James Bathelor and Anthony Walker dropping out of the squad for the Good Friday derby; they are replaced by Anthony England, who has missed several games through injury, and Mason Caton-Brown.
Over 8,500 tickets have been sold for this highly anticipated derby and the atmosphere on the day will be electric as the two sides look to get one over on their arch-rivals.
Castleford squad: Chase, Cook, Eden, Gale, Hardaker, Holmes, Lynch, Massey, McShane, McMeeken, Millington, Minikin, Milner, Monaghan, Moors, Roberts, Sene-Lefao, Springer, Webster.
Wakefield squad: Allgood, Arona, Arundel, Ashurst, Caton-Brown, England, Fifita, Finn, Grix, Hadley, Hirst, Huby, Johnstone, Jones-Bishop, Kirmond, Miller, Tupou, Williams, Wood.
Referee: Chris Kendall
Touch-judges: R Thompson and P Brooke
Video Referee: Robert Hicks