Kyle Amor makes shock Castleford Tigers relegation claim; Wakefield predicted to have easier remaining run-in

Josh McAllister
Kyle Amor, Castleford Tigers

Super League winner Kyle Amor has made a bold Super League prediction, believing Castleford Tigers will still fall to relegation despite their crunch win over Wakefield.

The Tigers claimed a vital 28-12 win at Belle Vue during Super League Round 22, their fifth win of the season, to create a small gap of two points from their rivals at the bottom of the table.

The relegation battle looked to have decided the outcome of the drop, with just five games remaining in the regular Super League season.

Danny Ward enjoyed his first game as Castleford’s head coach with the triumph, but Amor, who retired earlier this year, still believes the Mend-A-Hose Jungle outfit are in trouble – and mainly due to the age of their squad.

Speaking on the latest episode of Betfred’s The Lack Tackle, the four-time Grand Final winner said: “There’s five games left, 10 points are still available. It’s getting now where every game for them [Wakefield] and Castleford is a Grand Final.

“Ultimately, the side that wants it that little bit more will find a way.

“I remember being sat in one of these two chairs and doing this at the start of the season. I actually felt that I had seen enough of the Championship and I liked how Leigh recruited, I remember calling them about ninth.

“And I said from day one that I thought Castleford Tigers would be in trouble, and that’s because the squad is too old.

“I didn’t think they had enough quality within their side to stay up.

“I still think, call me a bit mad, that Castleford will go down. I still think Cas will go down, I really do.”

Castleford Tigers predicted to have tougher remaining fixtures

Fellow pundit and former player Danika Priim believes Ward’s side face the toughest remaining run-in.

Castleford host St Helens in Round 23 before meetings with Warrington, Hull, Wigan and Leeds.

Meanwhile, Mark Applegarth’s side have their remaining games against Salford, St Helens, Catalans, Leigh and Hull KR.

Former Leeds Rhinos Women star Priim said: “They’ve [Castleford] got five really tough games.

“This weekend [against St Helens] is a huge ask for them. All it takes is for them to lose a couple, Wakefield to draw the scoreline, but Wakefield are struggling because of the points difference.

“But I think it’s going to be a tougher five weeks for Cas than it is for Wakefield.”

54 points separate Castleford and Wakefield on points difference on the Super League table.

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