Posted: Friday 10th September 2021
KR vs Cas: Match Preview
Castleford Tigers travel to face Hull KR for their penultimate regular Betfred Super League match as they look to consolidate their position inside the play-off places.
The game is scheduled for a 7:45pm kick-off at Hull College Craven Park on Saturday and will be shown live on Sky Sports Arena.
Both teams are coming off victories recently at Magic Weekend and are desperate to secure a place in the top six as we arrive at the business end of the season.
Ahead of the main event, see our young Academy Tigers in match action at Hull College Craven Park against the Robin’s Under 19’s side, kick-off for that fixture is at 4.30pm.
- GOING FOR BACK-TO-BACK
The Fords firmly put the disappointing home defeat to Wigan behind them as they came out on top against Salford in an entertaining Magic Weekend battle.
Richard Marshall’s men did not make it easy, fighting right until the end for a result on Tyneside. Without regular halfback options both Jordan Turner and Peter Mata’utia stepped up and shined at #6 and #7, Mata’utia with the game-winning try before JT slotted a clutch drop goal to end matters.
Bouncing back last weekend was incredibly important for Daryl Powell’s side to keep their charge for the play-offs on track and Saturday is another must-win game.
- AWAY TICKETS AVAILABLE
Tickets for the match are available on the day at Hull College Craven Park, please head to the away ticket booth in the North West corner of the stadium for access to the away section.
- MILLWARD TROPHY ON THE LINE
Both teams will come together to celebrate the life of a rugby league great by competing for the Roger Millward Trophy.
The two clubs since 2018 have contested a match annually in memory of Roger Millward who started his magnificent career at Castleford before joining Hull KR. The trophy itself is modelled on Roger’s famous number six shirt, and the match for the trophy alternates between grounds each season. The last time Cas and KR met the trophy was not awarded to the winners due to it not being able to take place in the manner that both clubs felt it deserved.
We are delighted to confirm that the Roger Millward Trophy will be presented to the winner of this weekend’s match and that members of the Millward family will be in attendance at Craven Park.
- TIGERS TEAM NEWS
Head Coach Daryl Powell makes two changes to the team he named for last Saturday’s Magic Weekend win over Salford Red Devils, with Danny Richardson back available for selection alongside Lewis Peachey, whilst Grant Millington and Cheyse Blair step out of the squad.
If Richardson features in the match it will mark his 100th career match, his 33rd in Cas colours.
- THE OPPOSITION
Hull KR have been one of the most entertaining sides to watch in Super League this campaign but have seen their league position drop slightly as they currently sit in seventh place in the table.
The Robins’ Magic Weekend triumph over bottom club Leigh would have been a welcome result for Tony Smith and his side as they were on the back of a three-game losing streak.
Rovers did fall behind at St. James’ Park, although eight tries followed with Ben Crooks, Albert Vete, Brad Takairangi, Matt Parcell, Ryan Hall, Jimmy Keinhorst, Matty Storton and Joe Keyes all crossing for a 44-6 win.
The contests between Castleford and KR this season have both gone down to the wire with the Tigers winning via Golden Point in the Challenge Cup at Craven Park and it was Jordan Abdull who nicked a late victory at The Jungle in the most recent meeting.
- SHERIDAN’S PREVIEW
Castleford Tigers assistant coach Ryan Sheridan spoke to the press in the week leading up the KR match and explained just how crucial the game is for the two sides involved.
“It is a massive game and it is a must-win game for both teams. We’ll come into the game with confidence, as will KR. We know what is at stake here, but we are looking forward to it. We are two teams that like to throw the ball around, so it makes for an entertaining game. From a defensive point of view, they challenge you, but they have got good players all over the field. They are unpredictable but it is a challenge you look forward to.”
- SEE OUR YOUNG GUNS IN A CURTAIN-RAISER
The Tigers Academy Under 19’s face-off against Hull KR at Craven Park as an exciting curtain-raiser to the First Team game, therefore fans are encouraged to come down to the ground a little early to catch our young guns in action!
Kick-off is at 4.30pm, plus the Robin’s fan area ‘Craven Streat’ will be open from 4pm with lots of food, drink, and entertainment ahead of the match.
- GRIFFIN GEARED UP FOR KR TEST
George Griffin declared that the Tigers are ready for the final two games of the regular season.
“We are excited about what could happen given where we were a couple of months ago because no one really thought we could make the play-offs. We have to play well to get the spot, but we are capable of doing it as long as we put out on the field what we have been doing in training.
"I don’t think I have ever seen it so tight coming into the back end of the season. We are in there at the minute, and it is ours to lose. Everyone is fighting in and around us for that sixth and fifth spot.”
Castleford Tigers: 1. Niall Evalds, 2. Derrell Olpherts, 3. Peter Mata’utia, 4. Michael Shenton, 7. Danny Richardson, 9. Paul McShane, 11. Oliver Holmes, 13. Adam Milner, 14. Nathan Massey, 15. George Griffin, 17. Alex Foster, 18. Jacques O’Neill, 19. Tyla Hepi, 20. James Clare, 21. Jesse Sene-Lefao, 22. Daniel Smith, 24. Suaia Matagi, 25. Jordan Turner, 26. Lewis Bienek, 27. Lewis Peachey, 31. Gareth O’Brien
Hull KR: 2. Ben Crooks, 3. Greg Minikin, 4. Shaun Kenny-Dowall, 5. Ryan Hall, 7. Jordan Abdull, 8. Albert Vete, 9. Matt Parcell, 11. Brad Takairangi, 12. Kane Linnett, 14. Jez Litten, 16. George King, 18. Matty Storton, 19. Will Dagger, 20. Mikey Lewis, 24. Joe Keyes, 25. Rowan Milnes, 26. Will Maher, 27. Luis Johnson, 28. Muizz Mustapha, 30. Will Tate, 33. Jimmy Keinhorst
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