Castleford Seeking Hull Revenge

Rugby League: Castleford Seeking Hull Revenge

2017-06-29
The Tigers are favourites to extend their lead at the top of Super League.

Castleford are 23/25 to get revenge for their Challenge Cup defeat by beating Hull by at least nine points in Friday’s Super League showdown.

It is less than a fortnight since the Tigers were knocked out of the Cup following a 32-24 loss but they are firm favourites at 41/100 to win the league encounter between the top two teams.

Castleford have won 16 of their 19 league matches this season to open up a seven-point lead at the top of the table but the cup exit has given them extra incentive to extend their advantage.

Tigers scrum-half Luke Gale said: “It's a big game. They've beaten us twice this year so we'll be looking for revenge on Friday. It will be a tough game and we need to right a few wrongs from the last time we played them.”

Hull won 26-24 in the Super League meeting in April and can be backed at 43/20 to complete a hat-trick of wins against the West Yorkshire club this season.

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Coach Lee Radford is acutely aware of the threat posed by the league leaders though and is using history to help focus his players' minds.

“I talk about learning lessons from last year, and after the cup final last year we played Warrington at home for the League Leaders' Shield and we got out-enthused that night,” he said.

“I think there was a bit of revenge in that performance from Warrington and I've got no doubt that will be exactly the same from Castleford this week. That's something we've been highlighting to the players - if we're not bang at it then expect a real response from these blokes.”

The double is no longer possible but Castleford are now 9/10 to win their maiden Super League title and coach Daryl Powell believes the lack of any distractions could help them in their bid to reach their first Grand Final.

“We feel like we're in a good place and confident, regardless of the Challenge Cup,” he said. “We actually feel that will aid us as we move down the track in Super League.”