SL Preview: Castleford v Leeds

Castleford’s Jordan Tansey will become the 350th player to reach 100 Super League games if he plays against Leeds on Sunday.

Ironically, Tansey’s career started at Headingley, where he made 50 appearances. He has since played for Hull (30), Crusaders (18) and made his Tigers debut in last week’s defeat at Warrington.

Leeds prop Jamie Peacock will make his 200th appearance for the club, almost seven years to the day since his debut against Huddersfield.

One of Castleford’s new signings, Weller Hauraki, will make his home debut against his former club.

He said: “I do still keep in touch with the boys so it will be a bit weird after playing for a couple of years at Leeds but that’s behind me now. I’m playing for a new club and it will be a good test for me.

“I don’t feel I have a point to prove. I just want to go out there, play some good footy and do what Basil tells me to do. It’s a derby so it’ll be massive but it all comes down to how we go about things on the day. I’m sure it’s going be an awesome atmosphere – I can’t wait!”

There is a recall to the Leeds squad for Jimmy Keinhorst, who scored two tries for Hunslet in the Championship last weekend, following the injury to Joe Vickery.

Castleford 19-man squad: Owen, Carney, Shenton, Webster, Chase, Ellis, Walker, Clark, Huby, Gilmour, Hauraki, Millington, Milner, Massey, Holmes, Thompson, Tansey, Fleming, Mason.

Leeds 19-man squad: Hardaker, Watkins, Moon, Hall, McGuire, Burrow, Leuluai, McShane, Peacock, Jones-Buchanan, Ablett, Sinfield, Ward, Delaney, Bailey, Kirke, Clarkson, Achurch, Keinhorst.

Prediction: Leeds won’t have it all their own way but will still be too strong – away win. 

Stats:

Leeds have won their last six meetings with Castleford, with the Tigers’ last victory coming 24-10 at Headingley on February 5, 2010.

The Rhinos have also won on their last four visits to the Tigers, who last tasted home victory against their local rivals on March 7, 2008 (38-20).

Leeds’ Kallum Watkins has scored a try in each of the Rhinos’ last five games against Castleford. Rhinos winger Ryan Hall has touched down in each of his sides’ last three matches against the Tigers as follows. 1-3-2.

Super League summary:

Castleford won 10 (includes win in 1999 play-offs)
Leeds won 26 (includes win in 2000 play-offs)
2 draws
Castleford highest score. 38-20 (H, 2008) (also widest margin)
Leeds highest score. 76-12 (H, 2009) (also widest margin)

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