Super League: Wakefield Wildcats v Castleford Tigers preview
Last Updated: 18/05/14 12:23pm
Wakefield Wildcats are aiming for a third straight victory in Super League when they battle Castleford Tigers at Magic Weekend in Manchester on Sunday.
The Wildcats have found form in recent weeks after surprise away wins over the likes of Hull FC and Widnes Vikings, while the Tigers have lost two straight, although they were to Huddersfield and Leeds.
Despite the losses Castleford remain perched in fourth spot in the table while Richard Agar's Wakefield are 12th with 12 round of Super League complete.
Castleford have somewhat of a score to settle against their neighbours having lost two of their three encounters last season and they will be the favourites to claim the points this weekend.
Wakefield are set to give a debut to winger Richard Owen, who joined them from their opponents this week, and coach Richard Agar also welcomes back centre Dean Collis, who has been sidelined with a quad injury since the two sides last met on Good Friday.
"It's definitely made things a bit easier when you get a couple of wins under your belt," captain Danny Kirmond told Love Rugby League. "There's never been any panic in the camp; fans and people in the media can create a storm by tipping us for relegation.
"We're not resting on our laurels now we've got two wins on the bounce; this isn't the finished article by any stretch of the imagination."
Castleford could give a debut to former Wigan and Salford prop Lee Jewitt following his arrival from France while Michael Channing returns at centre in place of Ashley Gibson.
"It is a good chance for us to get back to winning ways," said skipper Michael Shenton. "It's going to be a big challenge because Wakefield have turned their fortunes around lately and I think they have some confidence flowing through their camp.
"We know we have got to be on our game and we have had time to prepare now after having a short turnaround in the last couple of weeks.
"We have had some time off and got back to training, we are getting the bodies refreshed so now we are looking forward to playing."
Wakefield Wildcats: Mathers, Fairbank, Riley, Walshaw, Sykes, Godinet, Anderson, McShane, Collis, Kirmond, Washbrook, Ryan, Owen, Smith, Moore, Siejka, Sammut, Scruton, Molloy.
Castleford: Tansey, Dixon, Shenton, Webster, Carney, Sneyd, Lynch, Milner, Huby, Millington, Hauraki, Clark, Holmes, Mariano, Wheeldon, Ellis, Channing, Finn, Jewitt.
Watch the second day of Magic Weekend live on Sky Sports 1, starting with Wakefield against Castleford from 12:30pm.
First Utility Super League
Tue 30th Jun
Hull K R34 - 28Salford Red Devils
Wed 1st Jul
Wakefield Wildcats26 - 16Hull FC
Thu 2nd Jul
Warrington Wolves17 - 6Wigan Warriors
Fri 3rd Jul
Leeds Rhinos46 - 18St 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
Wigan WarriorsvsLeeds Rhinos
Fri 10th Jul
St HelensvsHuddersfield 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
Warrington WolvesvsSt Helens
Fri 17th Jul
Hull K RvsHull 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
Sun 26th Jul
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Wakefield Wildcats
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Castleford Tigers0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Magic Weekend 2014, round 13
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Highlights from Sunday's Magic Weekend matches including Huddersfield's win over Bradford.
- Wellens upset with loss
- Warrington back to their best
- Ferres return thrills Anderson
- Giants run riot against Bulls
- Tigers in talks over Sneyd
- Cas thrash woeful Wildcats
- Wane hails wounded Warriors
- Warriors battle past Rhinos
- Rovers claim bragging rights
- Betts: We showed character
- Vikings too strong for Salford
- London boss defends Drinkwater
- London edged out by Catalan
- Flanagan targets league shield
- Wolves v Saints: Teams
- Giants v Bulls: Teams
- Morley - Red Devils improving
- Vikings v Red Devils: Teams
- Wildcats grab Tiger Owen
- Jones-Buchanan: Leeds firing
- Grima still upbeat on survival
- Shenton seeks magic formula
- Returning Ferres fired up
- Radford: Rovers the favourites