Written by Callum Walker
Thursday 8th October, 19:45, Super League Round 15, Emerald Headingley Stadium, Leeds, Leeds Rhinos versus Castleford Tigers Match Preview
Whilst one side appears to be back to their best, one of these sides is stuck in a terrible run of form – no prizes for guessing who. Five wins from six in league and cup has propelled the Rhinos into perfect place for a shot at the top four as well as ensuring a Wembley appearance for the first time in five years. For Castleford, the statistics are grim; no win in four and just one win in their last eight has seen the Tigers slip to eighth in the table.
Bodene Thompson comes in for Alex Mellor for the Rhinos, whilst Jack Walker, Adam Cuthbertson, Alex Sutcliffe and Luke Briscoe also make the 21-man squad for Richard Agar’s men.
|21 Man Squad|
|Luke Briscoe||Tom Briscoe|
|Adam Cuthbertson||James Donaldson|
|Brad Dwyer||Luke Gale|
|Ash Handley||Tom Holroyd|
|Konrad Hurrell||Kruise Leeming|
|Rob Lui||Rhyse Martin|
|Richie Myler||MIkolaj Oledzki|
|Matt Prior||Ava Seumanufagai|
|Cameron Smith||Alex Sutcliffe|
|Liam Sutcliffe||Bodene Thompson|
Coach: Richard Agar
Derrell Olpherts, Alex Foster and Calum Turner come in for Jake Trueman, George Griffin and Brad Graham as Daryl Powell aims to alleviate the Castleford recent horror show.
|21 Man Squad|
|Cheyse Blair||James Clare|
|Matt Cook||Greg Eden|
|Danny Fleming||Alex Foster|
|Tyler Hepi||Bradley Martin|
|Nathan Massey||Mike McMeeken|
|Paul McShane||Grant Millington|
|Adam Milner||Junior Moors|
|Gareth O’Brien||Jacques O’Neill|
|Derrell Olpherts||Lewis Peachey|
|Michael Shenton||Calum Turner|
Coach: Daryl Powell
Leeds were victorious, 18-10 in July 2019 which, remarkably, was just their third win in 15 games over their West Yorkshire rivals.
Leeds by 16