Salford vs Cas: Match Preview

Posted: Thursday 29th April 2021 - 9:50 PM


It will be a huge opportunity for the Fords to gather some momentum as the two teams face each other in back-to-back games in Betfred Super League this week, and then in a Challenge Cup quarter-final next weekend.

The clash will be live on Sky Sports, although 2021 Season Ticket holders have the option of logging into their Our League account and using their unique code. If the code has already been redeemed for a previous match, you do NOT need to redeem it again.

LOOKING TO BOUNCE BACK

After a fantastic start to their campaign, picking up victories over Warrington, Leeds, Hull KR and Leigh, Castleford suffered their first defeat in 2021 in a hard-fought tie against Wigan was which finished 22-12 in favour of the Cherry and Whites.

Daryl Powell and his men will be looking to respond in Manchester, where there will go head-to-head with a Salford side that has lost three and won two in all competitions so far this season. The Red Devils will be buoyed by a convincing performance over Leigh Centurions last week which 34-8 in their favour.

SOCIAL MEDIA BOYCOTT

Castleford Tigers along with The Rugby Football League, Super League Europe, Rugby League World Cup 2021 and the Rugby League Players’ Association will add further sporting support to the boycott of social media this Bank Holiday Weekend.

The Tigers will withdraw from using the club’s accounts on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter from 3pm on Friday 30th April until 11.59pm on Monday, 3rd May. To show solidarity with other sports, and amplify the message that nobody should have to suffer abuse, racism or harassment on social media.

  • Castleford Tigers will continually keep supporters updated on everything related to the club through the Club's website - castlefordtigers.com.
  • Fans will be able to follow the latest updates from the First Team's match against Salford Red Devils on Friday night on our website, with regular updates from 3pm onwards.
  • On Sunday, supporters will also be given updates from the Women's match against Wakefield Trinity on our Club site.
  • Tigers TV will have match highlights, Daryl Powell's post-match press conference, and any other player interviews available to watch as soon as possible, for free.

TIGERS TEAM NEWS

Two of our #ONECLUB men could reach significant milestones on Friday night with Nathan Massey making his 250th Tigers appearance, whilst Oliver Holmes could feature in his 200th Betfred Super League game.

Cas make three changes to the 21-man squad named for the Wigan match with Daniel Smith, Jordan Turner and Tyla Hepi making way for Gareth O’Brien, Jesse Sene-Lefao and Lewis Peachey, you can read more about the Tigers squad news HERE.

 THE OPPOSITION

Richard Marshall’s team have had a mixed start to the campaign, losing their first three Betfred Super League matches, but their 68-4 thrashing of Widnes in the Challenge Cup and the recent victory over Leigh will have lifted their spirits in the early stages of the season.

Ken Sio tops the point-scoring and try-scoring charts for Salford so far this season with the Australian going over for two tries in the Betfred Super League this term. This week the Red Devils welcome back Kallum Watkins, Danny Addy and Andy Ackers to their line-up.

POWELL’S PREVIEW

Daryl Powell discusses getting ready to face Salford twice in consecutive games and is expecting a tough challenge from Richard Marshall’s men.

“Salford’s form has picked up a little bit, they had a good win last week so they will be confident and for us it’s just about playing well, and we weren’t so great last week, we need to improve significantly on that. I think, in particular, defensively, it’s something we have spoken about a lot this week and there’s challenges for us there.”

WATCH Daryl Powell’s pre-match thoughts, including an update on our injured players on Tigers TV

THE SQUADS

Castleford Tigers: 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, 21. Jesse Sene-Lefao, 23. Greg Eden, 26. Lewis Bienek, 27. Lewis Peachey, 28. Brad Martin, 29. Sam Hall, 31. Gareth O’Brien

Salford Red Devils: 1. Morgan Escare, 2. Ken Sio, 3. Kallum Watkins, 4. Krisnan Inu, 6. Tui Lolohea, 7. Kevin Brown, 8. Lee Mossop, 9. Andy Ackers, 10. Seb Ikahihifo, 14. Danny Addy, 15. Ollie Roberts, 16. Greg Burke, 17. Josh Johnson, 18. Chris Atkin, 19. Elliot Kear, 20. Harvey Livett, 21. James Greenwood, 22. Rhys Williams, 25. Jack Ormondroyd, 28. Darcy Lussick

PLAYER’S VIEW

For the first time Niall Evalds will be facing his former club, the talented fullback joined the Tigers for 2021 from Salford and

“I’m excited for it, first and foremost we want to put in a good performance and get the two points after a disappointing game last week for us. We were not good enough in a couple of areas and we need a good performance and it’s exciting.

“I’ve got a lot of good memories at Salford and some good friends in the team, it’ll be a bit strange going back there but I’m just focusing on the game and I’ll catch up with a few of the boys afterwards.”

WATCH Niall speak to the press ahead of gameday on Tigers TV

HOW TO WATCH

Friday’s game will be shown live on Sky Sports Arena, coverage starts at 7:30pm.

Season Ticket holders can still watch this game live on Our League with their redeemed unique code.

Further details on how to redeem and watch using your unique Season Ticket code are available here. Please note requests for codes that have not been received need to be sent to ticketing@castigers.com no later than 48 hours prior to a match.

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 ASAP.

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