For the fourth time this season, two of the league’s most exciting teams meet in what has been dubbed the Daryl Powell derby as his current team take on his future club. Like their last meeting in the Challenge Cup semi-final, the stakes are incredibly high as the Tigers take on the Wolves.
Castleford come into the game after a disappointing defeat to Hull KR last week. The Tigers could’ve sealed a place in the play-offs there and then but a 26-19 defeat denied them. Thus, the West Yorkshire club now need a win in Powell’s final game at the Jungle to all but secure their place in the top six.
Warrington meanwhile have nothing to play for, however the Wire will be looking to build momentum into the play-offs. Last week a much changed side edged Salford at the Halliwell Jones thanks to a golden point drop goal. It wasn’t the best performance from the Wolves and they’ll be hoping for a better showing as they prepare for knockout rugby.
The game kicks off at 19:45 at the Jungle and will be live on Sky Sports Arena.
The Tigers have made three changes to their squad ahead of this huge clash. Star second-row Oliver Holmes misses out as does Jacques O’Neill due to the injury he picked up against the Robins last week. Lewis Peachey also drops out to accommodate the return of Grant Millington and Liam Watts. Watts has missed the last two through suspension. Cheyse Blair is also back in the squad giving Powell another option in the pack. Once again Paul McShane is in the squad but this time he stands a much better chance of playing.
21-man squad: 1 Niall Evalds, 2 Derrell Olpherts, 3 Peter Mata’utia, 4 Michael Shenton, 7 Danny Richardson, 8 Liam Watts, 9 Paul McShane, 10 Grant Millington, 12 Cheyse Blair, 13 Adam Milner, 14 Nathan Massey, 15 George Griffin, 17 Alex Foster, 19 Tyla Hepi, 20 James Clare, 21 Jesse Sene-Lefao, 22 Daniel Smith, 24 Suaia Matagi, 25 Jordan Turner, 26 Lewis Bienek, 31 Gareth O’Brien.
Contrary to popular opinion, Warrington have named a very strong squad as they look to build momentum into the play-offs rather than resting a number of stars ahead of next week’s knockout rugby. Hull KR and Leeds will be very happy to see the likes of Mike Cooper and Tom Lineham return to the fold. There’s still no Daryl Clark however whilst Toby King and Matt Davis miss out through injury.
21-man squad: 1 Stefan Ratchford, 2 Tom Lineham, 5 Josh Charnley, 6 Blake Austin, 7 Gareth Widdop, 8 Chris Hill, 10 Mike Cooper, 11 Ben Currie, 12 Jack Hughes, 13 Joe Philbin, 14 Jason Clark, 17 Matty Ashton, 18 Jake Mamo, 19 Rob Mulhern, 20 Sitaleki Akauola, 23 Josh Thewlis, 25 Eribe Doro, 26 Ellis Longstaff, 27 Connor Wrench, 31 George Williams, Tom Whitehead.