KR vs Cas: Cup match preview

Posted: Thursday 8th April 2021 - 5:00 PM

Castleford enter the 2021 Betfred Challenge Cup on Friday night at 6pm at Hull College Craven Park against the Robins, a victory for either side secures their place in the quarter-finals of the knockout competition.

Supporters can watch the game live on Our League for just £4.95 by purchasing access in advance of game day, this rises to £10 on Friday so avoid paying more by getting your live stream access early by visiting:


It is the third round of the Challenge Cup, a competition that has been an integral part of rugby league’s history.

It has been 35 years since Castleford and Hull Kingston Rovers have faced off against one another in the competition, the two clubs last met in the 1986 final which finished in dramatic fashion with Castleford winning 15-14.

The Tigers and Hull KR have faced one another already in 2021 at the home of the Rovers, with Cas getting a pre-season victory 20-30 in Adam Milner’s testimonial. Highlights of that game can be watched on Tigers TV.


There has been only one change to Daryl Powell’s 21-man squad from last week’s Good Friday win over Leeds Rhinos, with Lewis Peachey making way for Gareth O’Brien who is back in contention after missing the Easter game due to concussion protocols.

If O’Brien is on kicking duties for the Tigers, and if he converts four goals, he will have a career total of 500 goals successfully converted.


Tony Smith will be without their vice-captain and loose forward Elliot Minchella after he sadly suffered a serious knee injury last week which has ruled him out for the rest of the 2021 season. Matty Storton also misses out due to concussion protocols, so Will Dagger and Jimmy Keinhorst have been brought into their 20-man squad.

So far, the Robins have lost both of their games in Super League, an agonizing loss to Catalans Dragons via golden point in their opening fixture, before falling to the champions St Helens last time out 25-0.


Daryl Powell shared his excitement about the Tigers entering the historic knockout rugby league competition and is expecting a tough task in order to progress through to the quarter-finals.

“We have a great opportunity this year to do something special in the Challenge Cup and I think the way we look at the moment as a group of men, we’re in a good place.

“It’ll be a tough game, Hull KR are challenging and competing really well in this year’s competition, we are going to need to be good.”

WATCH Daryl Powell’s preview in full, for free, on Tigers TV


Castleford Tigers 21-man squad: - 1. Niall Evalds, 2. Derrell Olpherts, 3. Peter Mata’utia, 4. Michael Shenton, 6. Jake Trueman, 7. Danny Richardson, 8. Liam Watts, 9. Paul McShane, 10. Grant Millington, 11. Oliver Holmes, 12. Cheyse Blair, 13. Adam Milner, 14. Nathan Massey, 15. George Griffin, 19. Tyla Hepi, 21. Jesse Sene-Lefao, 22. Daniel Smith, 23. Greg Eden, 25. Jordan Turner, 26. Lewis Bienek, 31. Gareth O’Brien

20-man squad: 1. Adam Quinlan, 2. Ben Crooks, 3. Greg Minikin, 4. Shaun Kenny-Dowall, 5. Ryan Hall, 7. Jordan Abdull, 8. Albert Vete, 9. Matt Parcell, 12. Kane Linnett, 13. Dean Hadley, 14. Jez Litten, 15. George Lawler, 16. George King, 19. Will Dagger, 20. Mikey Lewis, 23. Ethan Ryan, 25. Rowan Milnes, 27. Luis Johnson, 28. Muizz Mustapha, 33. Jimmy Keinhorst


Grant Millington has been pleased with how Castleford has begun the 2021 season and still believes there are better performances to come!

“We’ve kicked off with two pretty tough games in Warrington and Leeds, both sides tipped to be successful this year, and we’ve had two wins.

“Even within that, we have recognised a couple of areas where we still have plenty of growth and plenty of room for improvement. We’re pretty happy with where we are at the moment.”

Watch Grant’s full preview of the Cup game against Hull KR on Tigers TV.


Supporters can watch this game live on Our League for an early bird price of £4.95, before rising to £10 on Friday, the day of the match.

Purchase access to the live stream here:

2021 Season Ticket holders who have a code for Super League fixtures played behind closed doors will NOT have access to this match unless they purchase live stream access for this Challenge Cup game through Our League.

This match in full will be available to watch for Tigers TV subscribers on Monday, highlights of the match will be available for everyone to view too.


Cheer the Tigers on throughout the day on social media using hashtags: #ReadyToRoar and #COYF on social media!

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