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Posted: Friday 13th May 2022

Tigers vs KR: Match Preview

Castleford Tigers will welcome Hull KR to The Mend-A-Hose Jungle on Sunday afternoon. Get ready for the game with our match preview.

Castleford Tigers will welcome Hull KR to The Mend-A-Hose Jungle on Sunday afternoon. Get ready for the game with our match preview.

The Roger Millward Trophy will be awarded to the winners of this Round 12 clash in the Betfred Super League.

Both sides are eager to get back to winning ways, the Tigers following their loss to Catalans Dragons away in the last round, whilst the Robins come into this game on the back of a disappointing loss in the semi-final of the Challenge Cup.

TICKET INFORMATION

Castleford Tigers encourage supporters to get their tickets in advance online by visiting castlefordtigers.com/tickets

Online - Get your tickets online by visiting castlefordtigers.com/tickets

In-person - Visit our Ticket Office at The Mend-A-Hose Jungle, on Wheldon Road, or head in-store to The Tigers Den at Carlton Lanes.

Opening Times - You can find our opening hours here

On Game Day - We advise getting e-tickets online at castlefordtigers.com/tickets - this is the easiest way to get your tickets and enter the ground on match day.

To purchase tickets at the gate, please head to the side of the training pitch and go to turnstiles 17 & 18 where both cash and card will be accepted. Turnstiles 17 & 18 will be the ONLY places that supporters can purchase match tickets at the gate.

Ticket Collection - Our Game Day Ticket Office will be open from 12.30pm for fans to pickup their tickets. This is located at the side of the training pitch.

Ticket prices – Standing / Seated

  • Adult - £22 / £25
  • Junior (6-16) - £14 / £17
  • Concession - £14 / £17
  • OAP (Over 60’s) - £14 / £17
  • Student (With valid ID) - £14 / £17
  • Under 5’s – Free (Entry ticket required from our Ticket Office or retail stores)

TIGERS TEAM NEWS

Following a week without match action, Lee Radford looks to have a couple more troops to call upon, the big one being Ryan Hampshire who has confirmed will be starting at fullback for his second debut with the Tigers!

Greg Eden is back in contention too after missing the last three matches against Leeds, St Helens and Catalans.

Danny Richardson is also set to return to the field after his neck fracture which occurred in the opening game of the season. There are two opportunities for him to play this weekend with Reserves action up first on Saturday afternoon between Cas and Leeds, and then the game against KR - both will be played at The Jungle.

There has been no major reports of further injuries sustained to the Tigers. Niall Evalds has had his bicep surgery at a time where the Tigers will have a couple of breaks, which Radford admits is probably the best time for him to have done it. Jordan Turner is still set for a long period on the sidelines due to a shoulder injury which the boss confirmed may keep him out until the backend of the 2022 campaign. 

Two pieces of loan news were confirmed this week with Tigers looking to gain valuable match minutes. Firstly, Sosaia Feki has joined Featherstone for two weeks as he looks to get back to 100% after 20 months out. Youngster Cain Robb has linked up with Whitehaven on a month-long loan, and will likely be their starting hooker in that period.

A LOOK AT THE OPPOSITION

The surprise package of 2021 has had a good start to 2022 which built up to a memorable Good Friday derby win over Hull FC and securing a Cup semi-final spot. However, they are now on a two-game losing run and have only scored 4 points in 160 minutes of rugby.

But the Robins have been doing it tough with injuries, which has only got worse this week following the loss of halfback Jordan Abdull due to a quad tear which likely keeps him out for the rest of the year.

Tony Smith is boosted though with the return of influential fullback Lachlan Coote, and Frankie Halton.

ROGER MILLWARD TROPHY

Castleford Tigers and Hull KR will celebrate the life of a rugby league great on Sunday by competing for the Roger Millward Trophy.

Since 2018 annually both clubs have contested a match in memory of Millward who began his career at Castleford before joining KR and going on to be one of their greatest ever players.

The Roger Millward Trophy itself is modeled on Roger's famous #6 shirt, and the match contesting for the trophy alternates between the two club's grounds each season.

Last year the trophy was set to be contested at The Mend-A-Hose Jungle but due to Covid-19 restrictions, a trophy presentation could not take place in the manner that both clubs felt it deserved. It was agreed Castleford would defer hosting the trophy contest for 2021 and that KR would host the Roger Millward Trophy match later in the year.

Castleford Tigers are delighted to confirm the match on Sunday will see the winner pick up the Roger Millward Trophy, and the club will be welcoming representatives of Roger's family to the game.

Supporters are encouraged to get down early and enjoy our Fan Zone where we will have live '90s music, plenty of food and drinks options, and a terrific Sunday rugby league atmosphere building!

LAWLER FACES FORMER CLUB

Third time lucky for Goerge Lawler, the Cas forward has unfortunately missed the last two chances to take on his ex-teammates due to suspensions.

He's not too sure about the reaction he'll receive from the away fans, but he is relaxed about it all.

"Stuff like that doesn’t really bother me. I did what I did for Hull KR and I’ve got nothing but great memories there.

“Now I play for Castleford and I am fully into that, so I am not too bothered if I don’t get a good reception.”

WATCH George's full preview on Tigers TV

THE SQUADS

Castleford Tigers 21-man squad: 2. Derrell Olpherts, 4. Jake Mamo, 6. Jake Trueman, 7. Danny Richardson, 8. Liam Watts, 9. Paul McShane, 10. George Lawler, 11. Kenny Edwards,12. Adam Milner, 13. Joe Westerman, 14. Nathan Massey, 15. George Griffin, 17. Mahe Fonua, 22. Daniel Smith, 23. Greg Eden, 24. Cheyse Blair, 25. Suaia Matagi, 26. Ryan Hampshire, 28. Brad Martin, 31. Gareth O’Brien, 33. Jason Qareqare

Hull KR 21-man squad: 1. Lachlan Coote, 2. Ben Crooks, 3. Brad Takairangi, 4. Shaun Kenny-Dowall, 5. Ryan Hall, 9. Matt Parcell, 10. George King, 11. Dean Hadley, 13. Matty Storton, 14. Jez Litten, 15. Luis Johnson, 16. Korbin Sims, 17. Elliot Minchella, 18. Jimmy Keinhorst, 19. Will Dagger, 21. Rowan Milnes, 22. Will Maher, 23. Ethan Ryan, 25. Greg Richards, 27. Frankie Halton

RADFORD AHEAD OF HOSTING KR

It is the third meeting between the Fords and the Robins, and in the previous two Cas did not cover themselves in glory. 

The boss however 

"They really challenge you, they've challenged us twice and as for 'owing them' - we've not thrown a punch at them I don't think. I think it's really important that we turn up with the right attitude on Sunday.

"They are on the backend of a loss, we're on the back of an even worse performance, for me, so I really hope that the week off hasn't taken anything away from that stinging feeling." 

SEE Lee Radford's full match preview on Tigers TV

LIVE '90s MUSIC IN THE FAN ZONE

All supporters are invited to arrive earlier and sample our Fan Zone behind the Main Stand! Get your afternoon started in good fashion and enjoy the atmosphere!

You can grab quality drinks and food, as well as enjoy our music and entertainment both before and after the game!

LIVE MUSIC, DJ, AND KARAOKE

  • We're celebrating the sounds of the '90s with our acts performing some of the best hits from the decade!
  • Our headliner for The ‘Molson Coors Stage’ the incredible Thereza Therzonie!
  • In the Legends Lounge, fan favourites Pedro Gaio & Joe Greenwood will be belting out the hits!
  • Sensational saxophonist Mick Allport will be on the main concourse.
  • DJ Laura Claire will get fans ready for the game and host a post-match '90s disco and karaoke! Want to blast out some Oasis or Blur after the game? We'll be waiting for you!

 

DELIGHTFUL DRINK OPTIONS

  • The ‘Doom Bar Real Ale Bar’ features a number of guest beers in the Fan Zone.
  • Our extended bottle bar is also available for supporters to speed up queues.
  • Plus, why not give our gin, wine, and prosecco bar a go? It is proving to be very popular!

 

TASTY FOOD AT THE TIGERS!

  • The ‘Street Kitchen’ on the concourse behind the Main Stand with a whole host of options including burgers, curry, kebabs, loaded toasties, wraps, southern fried chicken, and MORE!
  • The Princess Street Pie Bar will be open for the traditional rugby league delicacy

 

FOR THE KIDS 

  • We are providing FREE face painting!
  • The next two #CollectACas player cards will be available for the first 200 people who visit our Tigers Retail Trailer! Fans can collect Bureta Faraimo & James Clare cards at this fixture! 
  • Plus, young Tigers fans can get a custom balloon model!

OLPHERTS ON HULL KR CLASH

Tigers winger Derrell Olpherts spoke to the press this week about the challenge that the Robins will pose on Sunday.

"They like to throw the ball about, lot of offloads, lot of ad-lib play, and we have got to be at the races because we've played them twice this year and they've put a score on us both times.

"We know what we're going to get from them, we just need to turn up and put our best performance forward."

WATCH Olpherts chat about the game on Tigers TV

GET INVOLVED

Don’t forget to get in touch with the Club on social media by using the hashtags: #NewCasEra or #COYF.