Super League match preview: Castleford Tigers v Widnes Vikings

Date: 5/7/2015

Venue: Mend-A-Hose Jungle

Kick off: 15:30

Referee: Joe Cobb

Teams:

Castleford Tigers: 15 Ryan Boyle, 5 Justin Carney, 12 Matt Cook, 1 Luke Dorn, 21 Liam Finn, 7 Luke Gale, 11 Oliver Holmes, 8 Andy Lynch, 13 Nathan Massey, 24 Mike McMeeken, 10 Grant Millington, 9 Adam Milner, 17 Scott Moore, 16 Junior Moors, 6 Ben Roberts, 4 Michael Shenton, 34 Gadwin Springer, 20 Denny Solomona, 3 Jake Webster

Widnes Vikings: 13 Hep Cahill, 17 Chris Clarkson, 21 Danny Craven, 14 Chris Dean, 35 Gil Dudson, 2 Paddy Flynn, 11 Danny Galea, 25 Alex Gerrard, 26 Tom Gilmore, 1 Rhys Hanbury, 33 Aaron Heremaia, 16 Willie Isa, 24 Macgraff Leuluai, 10 Manese Manuokafoa, 4 Stefan Marsh, 7 Joe Mellor, 8 Eamon O’Carroll, 15 Jack Owens, 28 Matt Whitley.

Last 10 meetings

Widnes 46-16 Castleford (SLR11 19/4/15)

Castleford 28-6 Widnes (CCSF 10/8/14)

Widnes 20-40 Castleford (SLR19 3/7/14)

Castleford 34-22 Widnes (SLR14 25/5/14)

Widnes 38-42 Castleford (SLR24 11/8/13)

Castleford 28-26 Widnes (SLR12 13/4/13)

Widnes 40-10 Castleford (SLR19 2/7/12)

Castleford 36-12 Widnes (SLR13 7/5/12)

Widnes 6-7 Castleford (SLR27 11/9/04)

Castleford 42-8 Widnes (SLR21 31/7/04)

Preview

Gadwin Springer is set to make his Castleford debut when the Tigers host Widnes Vikings in Super League’s State of Mind round on Sunday.

The French Guiana-born prop forward joined the Tigers last month from Catalans Dragons and is named in Daryl Powell’s provisional squad for Sunday’s game.

Luke Dorn also returns to the Tigers squad after recovering from a hamstring injury that has kept him out since early April.

Cas coach Daryl Powell told the club website: “Dorny and Gadwin are both in contention this week.”

“Gadwin has fitted in well and looks like he’s going to be a pretty good player for us, I’m really pleased with his introduction and obviously Dorny being back in there gives me a pretty big selection issue. Benny Roberts has been playing really well and Dorny has got some elements with his experience at full back that will help us that Benny can learn from, but yeah I’ve got an issue in terms of who we select this week, which is nice. Only three or four games back we had just 19 fit players and that was pretty tough.”

Castleford have won four on the bounce and will break into the top four with a win if Huddersfield fail to beat Hull KR.

Conversely, Widnes have lost their last four in league and cup and have slipped down to 10th in the table, three points off the top 8.

The Vikings were rocked earlier this week by the news that skipper Kevin Brown is set to miss six weeks of action after suffering an ankle injury during the Challenge Cup quarter-final defeat to local rivals St Helens last Sunday.

Head coach Denis Betts has recalled young half-back Tom Gilmore from his loan spell at London Broncos and the 21 year-old is named in Betts’ 19-man squad for the trip to the Jungle.

“With Kev being out the side, it’s an opportunity for Tom Gilmore who’s come back from London where he’s been playing well,” Betts said via RuncornandWidnesworld.com.

“He’s still very much part of our programme and gets feedback on all of his games with London.

“His opportunity was always likely to come and here it is.

“He could end up playing 12 or 13 games which is a big chunk of our year.

“If he takes his chance, you never know where that could lead.”

Meanwhile, Willie Isa returns to the club where he scored six tries in nine Super League appearances during a one year spell in 2011.

The Tigers have had the better of the Sunday’s opponents in Super League, winning nine of the two sides’ 15 encounters.

However, Widnes recorded their biggest victory of Castleford earlier this year, running out 46-16 winners at the Select Security Stadium.

The Vikings haven’t had much joy at Wheldon Road, though. Barry Eaton and Stuart Spruce were among the try scorers when they last beat Castleford at the Jungle, way back in 2002.

In general, Widnes haven’t travelled particularly well in Super League, winning just six of their last 23 games on the road in the competition.

Tigers captain Michael Shenton has scored four tries in his last four appearances against Widnes, while Jack Owens has touched down in each of his last two games against Cas for the Vikings.

Prediction: Tigers by 18 – Cas have a great home record over Widnes and have beaten the Vikings eight times from their last 10 meetings. Luke Gale and Denny Solomona were both nominated for the Player of the Month award for June – a sign that they, and the rest of the Tigers team are starting to hit top form. A tough ask is made harder for the Vikings, who will struggle without skipper and playmaker Kevin Brown.

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