Super League: Bradford Bulls v Castleford Tigers preview
Last Updated: 15/02/14 2:53pm
Bradford and Castleford will both be looking to show they are set for better times in 2014 when the two Yorkshire rivals clash at Provident Stadium.
The Bulls and the Tigers both missed the play-offs last season, with the former then enduring more financial problems during this winter before being purchased by 'Bradford Bulls 2014 Ltd'.
Their off-field issues have led to one player departing - Garreth Carvell did not even make a competitive appearance for the club before his switch to Hull FC.
The prop's exit, coming in the week before they open their campaign, is a blow for coach Francis Cummins, particularly as another new recruit, Dale Ferguson, is ruled out with a back injury.
Jarrod Sammut and Matty Blythe, who has now joined the Bulls on a permanent basis after being on loan last year, are also ruled out for the hosts.
However there is good news over Brett Kearney, the full-back having overcome a shoulder injury to be included in Cummins' 19-man squad.
There is also a place for loan recruit Danny Bridge, while close-season signings Adam Henry, Luke George and Lee Gaskell are all set to make their debuts.
Castleford, meanwhile, will be hoping for a repeat of the pre-season clash between the pair. On that occasion they ran out 66-10 winners, with Kirk Dixon - who this week signed a new contract - scoring 30 of their points.
Coach Daryl Powell could include as many as seven of his signings, with Luke Dorn and Andy Lynch both set to start their second spells with the Tigers.
They do have some absentees, though, including props Ryan Boyle and Nathan Massey.
"Whilst we have got a bigger squad to be able to deal with injuries this season, up front we are missing two of our front line props in Boyle and Massey," Powell told the club's official website.
Jake Webster, Lee Gilmour and James Clare are also sidelined for Castleford, who lost 38-12 on their trip to Bradford during the previous season.
Bradford: Donaldson, Henry, Walker, Purtell, Gale, Kear, Gaskell, Sidlow, Bridge, Scruton, George, Roberts, Olbison, Manuokafoa, Addy, Foster, Diskin, Kearney, O'Brien
Castleford: Tansey, Dixon, Shenton, Carney, Dorn, Sneyd, Lynch, Milner, Huby, Millington, Hauraki, Clark, Holmes, Mariano, Wheeldon, Owen, Channing, Fleming, Finn.
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Castleford Tigers16 - 24Huddersfield Giants
Fri 22nd May
Hull FC10 - 17St Helens
Leeds Rhinos36 - 16Hull K R
Salford Red Devils18 - 34Warrington Wolves
Sat 23rd May
Catalans Dragons58 - 16Wigan Warriors
Sun 24th May
Wakefield Wildcats18 - 30Widnes Vikings
Sat 30th May
Salford Red DevilsvsWidnes Vikings
Hull FCvsHull K R
Leeds RhinosvsWigan Warriors
Sun 31st May
Catalans DragonsvsHuddersfield Giants
St HelensvsWarrington Wolves
Castleford TigersvsWakefield Wildcats
Thu 4th Jun
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Fri 5th Jun
Hull K R0 - 0Castleford Tigers
St Helens0 - 0Salford Red Devils
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Sun 7th Jun
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Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Leeds Rhinos
Thu 11th Jun
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Fri 12th Jun
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Sat 13th Jun
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Sun 14th Jun
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Hull K R0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Thu 18th Jun
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Fri 19th Jun
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Sat 20th Jun
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Sun 21st Jun
Hull K R0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Hull FC
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Huddersfield Giants
Thu 2nd Jul
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Fri 3rd Jul
Leeds RhinosvsSt Helens
Sun 5th Jul
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Hull K R
Hull FC0 - 0Wakefield Wildcats
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Castleford Tigers0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Thu 9th Jul
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Fri 10th Jul
St Helens0 - 0Huddersfield Giants
Sun 12th Jul
Hull FC0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Hull K R
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Thu 16th Jul
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Fri 17th Jul
Hull K R0 - 0Hull FC
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Sat 18th Jul
Catalans DragonsvsHuddersfield Giants
Sun 19th Jul
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Thu 23rd Jul
Hull FCvsWigan Warriors
Fri 24th Jul
St Helens0 - 0Hull K R
Super League 2014, round one
Kirk Dixon passed the one thousand point mark for Castleford who got their campaign off to a winning start with victory at Bradford.
Tom Briscoe scored a debut hat-trick as Leeds beat Hull KR 34-6 in front of a record crowd at the KC Lightstream Stadium.
Salford won their first game of the new season after handing debuts to all 13 of their starting line up against Wakefield.
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- Noble happy with opening win
- Betts: Tougher tasks ahead
- McDermott praise for Briscoe
- Vikings on the rampage
- Salford start with victory
- Briscoe stars for Rhinos
- Tigers rally to beat Bulls
- Cummins allays turmoil fears
- Radford relieved at narrow win
- Hull cling on for victory
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