Wakefield are looking to end a poor record against the Tigers which goes back years as the two meet in Rivals Round.
Trinity have won four of the last five and sit inside the top six and a win here would be a huge statement.
As for Castleford, they’re desperate to build some momentum after a difficult start to 2022 which sees them inside the bottom four. This adds extra spice to what will be a fiery West Yorkshire derby.
Jacob Miller will not feature on Thursday through injury but there could be an appearance for Tom Johnstone after he missed the defeat to Wigan in the Challenge Cup last week. David Fifita has again been included in the 21-man squad despite being left out of the last few. On the flip side, James Batchelor will also miss out.
The Tigers have lost Jordan Turner and Bureta Faraimo to shoulder and knee injuries this week. Their absence has seen Sam Hall and Jack Sadler drafted into the 21-man squad.
Match Preview – Key Battles:
Lee Gaskell vs Jake Trueman: Despite defeat to Wigan, Lee Gaskell showed his class against Wigan last week and the week prior in the reserves against St Helens. A dangerous runner and kicker he has the skills to unlock the Castleford defence but his opposite number will equally be a dangerous force for the Wakefield defence to deal with. The six who gets more change out of the opposition defence may lead their side to victory.
Liam Hood vs Paul McShane: The dynamic and elusive Liam Hood is in for a test against England hooker Paul McShane. The cerebral McShane has almost every weapon a nine would like in their arsenal and is something of a swiss army knife. But he’s also equipped to shut down his opponent. However, the skill of Hood could see him cause Cas problems.
Jordy Crowther vs Joe Westerman: Jordy Crowther has been tasked with doing the Joe Westerman role in 2022 at Wakefield but up against the man branded as the best 13 in the league by Lee Radford, he’ll have his work cut out for him. The middle channel is always key and it won’t be any different in this game.
Where the game will be won and lost:
The minds of players could be as key as anything on the field in this game. Wakefield have had to deal with years of hurt against the Tigers recently whilst Castleford are struggling for form in the league. Whoever can approach the game with the right kind of attitude ignoring these facts will likely come away with the win.
Score Prediction: Wakefield Trinity 20-12 Castleford Tigers