Super League: Hull KR v Castleford Tigers preview
Last Updated: 28/02/14 6:50pm
Early pace-setters Castleford have to re-write history if they are take the points from their trip to Hull KR on Friday.
The West Yorkshire club have lost on each of their last seven visits to the KC Lightstream Stadium, but this time they can go into the game with confidence after starting the campaign with back-to-back wins.
Tigers' coach Daryl Powell is again without former Rovers star Jake Webster, who got injured at his old club, though the centre is close to a return to action.
Otherwise, Powell has to make just one enforced change to the squad that thrashed Catalan last weekend. Full-back Jordan Tansey, victim of a high tackle by the subsequently-suspended Julian Bousquet, misses out as a result. Jamie Ellis has been drafted in to replace the former-Leeds player.
Similarly, Robins boss Craig Sandercock has made a single enforced change to his 19-man squad as his team seek their first win of the season.
Last week's memorable comeback at Huddersfield resulted in a 24-24 draw to get Hull KR off the mark with a point, but feisty forward Justin Poore was again found guilty of throwing more than just his weight around. The former Wildcats prop was suspended for one match after being found guilty of punching in an incident involving Giants' centre Joe Wardle.
The Robins coughed up plenty of ball in the opening 40 minutes of the stalemate with Huddersfield and Sandercock says that will need to change on Friday evening.
"I think we turned the ball over a little bit too much in the first half last week and we need to respect possession more," he said. "The other thing you have to do against good sides is take your opportunities when they come along because if you don't, it can come back to haunt you.
"We dropped the ball over the line three times against Huddersfield and that's something we need to improve on.
"Last week showed us how rugby league can be sometimes in as much that one minute you're dropping the ball over the opposition line and then the next, the other team are down the other end scoring themselves. We were really disappointed as we believed we had an opportunity to win that game."
Graeme Horne, who was absent in that game due to an abductor injury, is fit again and returns to replace Poore. Mick Weyman will also sit this one out as he completes a two-match ban.
Sandercock has called for his team to play for 80 minutes this week after being outplayed in one half of each of their games so far. Much will depend on stand-off Travis Burns, while Josh Hodgson has also impressed, but with eight new players on board the Robins are taking time to get their combinations together.
Both clubs won their respective home fixtures in last year's Super League season, but Rovers have recorded twice as many wins (eight) as their opponents in the head-to-head during the summer era.
They can also take some comfort from history with the knowledge that Castleford have not won on any visit to east Hull since a 16-12 success in the Regal Trophy, as long ago as November, 1993.
Tigers: Dixon, Shenton, Carney, Dorn, Sneyd, Lynch, Milner, Huby, Millington, Hauraki, Clark, Holmes, Mariano, Wheeldon, Ellis, Owen, Channing, Fleming, Finn.
Rovers: Burns, Carlile, Caro, Cockayne, Costigan, Cox, Eden, Green, Hall, J.Hodgson, Horne, Keating, Langley, Larroyer, Lovegrove, Salter, A.Walker, J.Walker, Welham.
You can follow all the action from the KC Lightfoot Stadium as the Hull Kingston Rovers entertain Castleford Tigers live on Sky Sports 1HD from 7:30pm on Friday.
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Salford Red Devils36 - 8Widnes Vikings
Fri 27th Mar
Castleford Tigers20 - 14Hull FC
Hull K R24 - 22St Helens
Warrington Wolves10 - 29Huddersfield Giants
Wigan Warriors52 - 10Wakefield Wildcats
Sat 28th Mar
Catalans Dragons22 - 38Leeds Rhinos
Thu 2nd Apr
Hull FCvsHull K R
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Fri 3rd Apr
Castleford TigersvsLeeds Rhinos
Wigan WarriorsvsSt Helens
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Salford Red Devils
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Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Wakefield Wildcats
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Wigan Warriors
St Helens0 - 0Hull FC
Catalans DragonsvsWidnes Vikings
Fri 10th Apr
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Warrington Wolves0 - 0Wakefield Wildcats
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Huddersfield Giants0 - 0St Helens
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Catalans Dragons
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Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Castleford Tigers
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Fri 24th Apr
Hull FC0 - 0Huddersfield Giants
Leeds RhinosvsWarrington Wolves
St Helens0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Sat 25th Apr
Catalans DragonsvsHull K R
Sun 26th Apr
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Thu 30th Apr
Huddersfield GiantsvsLeeds Rhinos
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St Helens0 - 0Wakefield Wildcats
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Hull K R
Sun 3rd May
Warrington Wolves0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Castleford Tigers0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Thu 7th May
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Fri 8th May
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Sat 9th May
Catalans DragonsvsSt Helens
Sun 10th May
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Huddersfield Giants
Warrington Wolves0 - 0Hull FC
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Leeds Rhinos
Thu 21st May
Castleford TigersvsHuddersfield Giants
Fri 22nd May
Hull FC0 - 0St Helens
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Hull K R
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Sat 23rd May
Catalans DragonsvsWigan Warriors
Sun 24th May
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Widnes Vikings
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