Super League: Castleford Tigers v London Broncos preview
Last Updated: 02/08/14 6:49pm
Castleford Tigers will aim to keep pace with Super League’s leading trio when they play host to the already-relegated London Broncos at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle on Sunday.
Daryl Powell’s Tigers are currently sitting comfortably in fourth with just four points separating them from league leaders St Helens, while Wigan Warriors and Leeds Rhinos are just two points ahead in second and third respectively.
Since losing to Saints in June the Tigers are unbeaten in five after claiming wins against Salford Red Devils, Widnes Vikings and Huddersfield Giants before drawing with Leeds Rhinos and Hull FC.
After sharing the spoils with the Rhinos, Powell’s Tigers ran in three tries in the final 13 minutes to clinch a dramatic draw against the Airlie Birds.
Meanwhile, the Broncos remain winless and have just five rounds left to find a Super League win before they drop down to the second tier.
A 62-10 reverse at the hands of Hull KR at The Hive extended their losing streak to 22 matches, but still Broncos boss Joe Grima is eyeing a strong close to the season.
"For us now it is all about finishing the season as positively as we can, but more importantly planning for where this club is going to be next season,” he said.
Despite London’s fate being decided weeks ago, Tigers front rower Andy Lynch remains wary of the threat posed by the Broncos.
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“They have still got some quality players,” Lynch told the Yorkshire Evening Post. “You don’t want to be the first team to lose to London, so there’s a bit of pressure on us.”
Lynch however will not feature for the Tigers this weekend, as he is of three changes made my Powell for the visit of London.
The injured Grant Millington looks set for a long stay on the sidelines while Weller Hauraki will serve the first match of his ban following an incident involving Jordan Abdull last weekend.
In their absence Justin Carney, Jake Webster and Craig Huby come into the 19-man squad.
Meanwhile, Broncos coach Grima makes just one change to the side which was routed by the Rovers last time out.
New Zealander Nesiasi Mataitonga comes into the travelling party at the expense of James Woodburn-Hall.
Castleford Tigers: Dixon, Shenton, Webster, Carney, Dorn, Sneyd, Milner, Huby, Massey, Holmes, Mariano, Wheeldon, Ellis, Gibson, Clare, Finn, Day, Jewitt, Carvell
London Broncos: Atkins, Cook, Dollapi, Drinkwater, Farrar, Griffin, Keyes, Krasniqi, Lovell, Mataitonga, McMeeken, Minns, Moore, Slyney, Solomona, Thomas, Vea, Wallace, Wicks
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Wakefield Wildcats22 - 40Wigan Warriors
Fri 24th Apr
Hull FC4 - 24Huddersfield Giants
Leeds Rhinos10 - 29Warrington Wolves
St Helens34 - 16Widnes Vikings
Sat 25th Apr
Catalans Dragons32 - 24Hull K R
Sun 26th Apr
Salford Red Devils20 - 22Castleford Tigers
Thu 30th Apr
Huddersfield GiantsvsLeeds Rhinos
Fri 1st May
Hull FC0 - 0Salford Red Devils
St Helens0 - 0Wakefield Wildcats
Wigan WarriorsvsHull K R
Sun 3rd May
Warrington Wolves0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Castleford Tigers0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Thu 7th May
Hull K RvsWakefield Wildcats
Fri 8th May
Salford Red DevilsvsHuddersfield Giants
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Sat 9th May
Catalans DragonsvsSt Helens
Sun 10th May
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
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
Widnes VikingsvsHull FC
Fri 5th Jun
St Helens0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Sun 7th Jun
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Wigan Warriors
Hull K R0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Leeds Rhinos
Warrington Wolves0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Thu 11th Jun
Leeds RhinosvsCastleford Tigers
Fri 12th Jun
St HelensvsWigan Warriors
Sat 13th Jun
Catalans DragonsvsHull FC
Sun 14th Jun
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Hull K R0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Thu 18th Jun
Castleford TigersvsSt Helens
Fri 19th Jun
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Sat 20th Jun
Catalans DragonsvsWakefield Wildcats
Sun 21st Jun
Hull K R0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Hull FC
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Huddersfield Giants
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Daryl Powell refused to dwell on Castleford's 64-18 win over London Broncos, preferring to focus on the Challenge Cup.
Huddersfield coach Paul Anderson hailed a 'near perfect' first half display after they beat Wakefield 36-18.
Castleford moved to within two points of the Super League summit with 64-18 thrashing of London Broncos.
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