Big game preview: Hull FC

Posted: Thursday 5th September 2019 - 11:30 AM


The Tigers take on play-off rivals Hull FC in Round 28 of the Betfred Super League at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle this Thursday (7.45pm) and quite simply it’s a must-win game for Cas!

Victory for the Fords would take them up above the Black and Whites and into that all-important top-five with just one game remaining, but a defeat at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle on Thursday would leave Castleford with an all but unsurmountable mountain to climb next week in terms of points difference and with their play-off ambitions effectively ruined.

Games between Cas and Hull have been fiercely contested so far this season and ahead of the biggest game of the year we’ve picked out some key battles to whet the appetite:

 

HEAD TO HEAD

Jake Trueman v Marc Sneyd
Named in the Great Britain Lions training squad this week, Trueman has once again been excellent for the Tigers this season. Mature beyond his years despite still being just 20, the young half back has been the glue holding the Tigers’ spine together this year and possesses all the skills to cause problems for any defence. He’s up against a former Tiger in Sneyd, a two-time Lance Todd Trophy winner and one of the best kickers in the competition.

 

Jordan Rankin v Jamie Shaul
These two full backs go head-to-head tomorrow night in a battle of former teammates and playing styles. Rankin has been superb since moving to the position for the Tigers in July, using his excellent footwork and handling skills to link up the Cas attack. As well as helping the shape of his side’s play, individually he’s received the Fans’ Man of the Match in four of his six appearances at full back. On the other side, Shaul is more of a runner than a distributor but he can be equally dangerous with his acceleration and eye for a gap.

 

Liam Watts v Scott Taylor
Once a feared prop partnership during Watts’ days at Hull FC, these two friends are now rivals and fierce ones at that. Both named in this week’s Great Britain training squad, they’re consistent and tough as old boots. The battle for superiority is sure to be intense, with Watts in particular simply outstanding throughout the 2019 campaign as he closes in on his 50th appearance since returning to the Tigers last year.

 

THE BOSS

Speaking ahead of the game, Tigers head coach Daryl Powell said: "If we lose this, we are four points behind the top five and we can’t get in, so for us it is absolutely crucial I think. For Hull, they will see it that way because they have got St Helens for their last game whilst we’ve got Wigan away. Both teams can win those so this is a massive game.

"I thought the last few weeks we’ve been defending like it’s a play-off situation and we’re going to need that again as it is like a play-off game this one.

"It's like a knockout game and the fans are always a big difference for us. Hopefully as a team we’re going to be able to come up with the performance that reflects the support that we get.

“If we can get in the five after the season we’ve had, I think it will have been an incredible effort. Then you are a couple of games away from doing something special."

Watch Powell's interview in full on Tigers TV for free.

 

SQUADS

Tigers: 35. Cheyse Blair, 2. James Clare, 18. Matt Cook, 20. Jamie Ellis, 11. Oliver Holmes, 23. Will Maher, 14. Nathan Massey, 1. Peter Mata’utia, 12. Mike McMeeken, 9. Paul McShane, 10. Grant Millington, 13. Adam Milner, 3. Greg Minikin, 32. Jordan Rankin, 15. Jesse Sene-Lefao, 34. Daniel Smith, 6. Jake Trueman, 27. Calum Turner and 8. Liam Watts

Hull: 1. Jamie Shaul, 2. Bureta Faraimo, 3. Carlos Tuimavave, 4. Josh Griffin, 6. Albert Kelly, 7. Marc Sneyd, 8. Scott Taylor, 9. Danny Houghton, 10. Josh Bowden, 12. Mark Minichiello, 14. Jake Connor, 19. Masi Matongo, 20. Brad Fash, 21. Sika Manu, 23. Mickey Paea, 24. Jack Logan, 34. Gareth Ellis, 35. Ratu Naulago and 39. Tevita Satae.

 

TICKETS

Tickets can be purchased online as well as in one of our retail stores in Carlton Lanes and Xscape Yorkshire. (Prices in brackets are game day prices.)

Adults - £22 (£24)
Junior: Age 6-16 - £14 (£16)
Over 60's - £14.(£16)
Student with valid ID - £14 (£16)

For ticket enquiries please contact our ticket office: 01977 529 264.

Tickets are also available online at www.castlefordtigers.com/tickets. Order tonight and opt for the collect at stadium option to guarantee your place for the discounted pre-match price.

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