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Rhinos Look for first Jungle win for Five Years
Posted by southstander on May 14 2009 - 22:01:26

Banjo King
It is time to play our first game of the 2009 season against our country cousins, with a trip to the Jungle for the first time since our 20-38 loss back in March 2008.

Those of us that were there have spent the last year trying to put the trauma of that day behind us (no really!), and I bet that in Castleford it is a game that is still fondly remembered in the chippies and kebab shops.

We preview the game here...

There is every chance that Bluey will name an unchanged side from that which demolished the Dragons at Murrayfield what seems like a long fortnight ago. The only change to the Scotland trip nineteen is Ryan Bailey who replaces Simon Worrall after recovering from injury. There is every chance that McClennan will keep the faith, but don't be surprised to see Ryan back in the seventeen. The squad is; Webb, Donald, Smith, Senior, Hall, McGuire,Burrow, Leuluai, Buderus, Peacock, Jones-Buchanan, Lauiti'iti, Sinfield, Diskin, Bailey, Kirke, Ablett, Burgess, and Watkins. It is good to see that we are keeping the side relatively free from injury over the last few games. Terry Mattersons side have exceeded all but their own expectations and are sat in the last play-off place as we approach the half-season mark. They are level with fifth spot on points, only losing out on points difference. A sixty-one point win would see the Tigers overtake the Rhinos on friday night, to be that close will be enough to stir their supporters into a frenzy.

There is no doubting the strength in Mattersons outfit, some of whom remained from the last period in Superleague but many who have been drafted in to great effect this year. His nineteen includes many familiar names; Dixon, Shenton, Evans, Wainwright, Chase, Sherwin, Sargent, Ferres, Clayton, Westerman, Jones, Higgins, Feather, Boyle, Massey, Ford, Faumuina, McGoldrick, and Thompson. It is a squad packed full of experience and dangermen - this will be no 'walk in the park' for the Rhinos.

Three Tigers to watch;


Feather

McGoldrick

Westerman

As we stated at the top we lost on our last visit to the Jungle in 2008 when we got hammered, straight off the back of winning the World Club Challenge. Bluey was without McGuire, Toopi and Peacock for the game and it showed. We won both the games at HQ last year by 18-12 in June and 54-12 in August.

The Tigers took a break in 2007 in the National League but also beat us in the previous home game in 2006 by a 30-31 scoreline. The two earlier games that season, both at HQ, were both easy Leeds wins by 42-06 in April and 66-14 in March.

The bottom line is that we haven't won at the Jungle in the last five years!

Southstander.com Prediction
Tigers 18 28 Rhinos

This will be a tough one but the Tigers only just avoided humiliation last weekend against Halifax in the cup and lost a game that they should have won to Hull FC at Murrayfield. It will be a stong a determined Tigers who don't need much of an excuse to raise their game against Leeds.

The bookies are giving the home side a twelve point start and I don't think that they will be far off the mark.

The forecast for tomorrow is for rain, rain, rain and more rain. It could make the game a lottery and if I was you I'd get there early to get under the stand roof.

See you there and enjoy the game.

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