Another big test ahead for U19s
Posted: Friday 12th July 2019 - 1:01 PM
Castleford Tigers U19s face yet another tough game this Friday night when they take on title contenders St. Helens at the Totally Wicked Stadium.
Following their encouraging 28-28 draw with Leeds Rhinos, the Tigers will be looking to put on a similarly strong performance against Saints. .
Castleford have endured a tough season and find themselves in 11th spot in the league table. Head coach Tony Smith believes that it's important to put past results behind them and focus on ending the season well.
He said: “We’re looking to end the season strong. We’re getting some players back now and looking a bit better from an injury point of view.
“But it isn’t about what happened at the beginning of the season, it’s how we finish it. We keep saying to the lads that we only have another seven weeks together so it’s important that we enjoy it and learn along the way as well.”
The 28-28 draw with Leeds was a hugely positive result for the Tigers considering where both teams are placed in the standings.
Smith hopes that this newly found confidence can help the team ahead of a tough upcoming contest with St. Helens.
He said: “I think that game against Leeds gave the lads a big lift. We’ve been struggling of late and to see they can go toe to toe with a top team like that gives us a lot of confidence ahead of our trip to St. Helens.
“Saints are tough, they’re quick all over the park. They mirror the first team with the way that they play. Everything is quick, they’re aggressive and every team is trying to emulate them at the moment.”
The two teams last met in May with Saints winning 46-12 at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle. However, there are a few question marks with regards to St. Helens’ recent form. The team has slipped up in recent weeks and have suffered three defeats in their last seven games.
This U19s clash is part of a double header and will kick off at the Totally Wicked Stadium at 5.15pm.
Here is the 18-man team selected by head coach Tony Smith: Brad Jinks, Danny Attley, Jake Sweeting, Joe Fella, Joe Summers, Jordan Bull, Josh Miles, Kian Cox, Kian Morgan, Kieran Carr, Lewis Carr, Lewis Peachey, Ninnian Donnelly, Ritchie Westwood, Robbie Storey, Sam Hall, Shay North and Taylor Cartwright.
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