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Cup Kicks Off with Tigers Visit
Posted by southstander on April 19 2013 - 08:32:46

The magic of the Tetley's Challenge Cup comes to Headingley tonight as The Castleford Tigers, under the caretaker custodianship of Danny Orr, take on the Rhinos in one of two all-Superleague clashes.

The visitors have just two wins in 2013, ominously one was last week over the Widnes Vikings and the other was against the Rhinos at Wheldon Road back in Round two.

Progress into the fifth round is by no means guaranteed.

We preview the game, read more here...

Brett Delaney makes a welcome return to the Leeds nineteen after missing the last two matches through injury. They Rhinos will be missing Joe Vickery who is still injured and Ryan Bailey who is serving the third match of his four game suspension and will be available again for the game against Bradford at Odsal.

Liam Sutcliffe is again named in the nineteen after failing to get into the seventeen last week against the Broncos.

The full nineteen is; Hardaker, Watkins, Moon, Hall, McGuire, Burrow, Leuluai, McShane, Peacock, Jones-Buchanan, Ablett, Sinfield, Ward, Delaney, Kirke, Clarkson, Achurch, Singleton, and Sutcliffe. I'd expect Delaney to come into the second row in the place of Ward who would drop to the bench and push Singleton to eighteenth man.

Beware the wounded animal, as this Tiger truly is wounded at the moment after dismissing their coach Ian Millward and with talk of the imminent departure of talisman Rangi Chase. Danny Orr managed to channel his sides frustrations last week and effect a great win over the Vikings by 28-26.

Despite the speculation that Rangi Chase will be heading back down under in the very near future he is included within the squad and will be keen to leave his fans with top performance, should this really be his last outing. Justin Carney is back in the squad after serving a two game suspension and Lee Gilmour is also named despite missing last weeks match with a hamstring injury picked up in training. Dan Fleming and Kirk Dixon make way for the returnees.

Orr names his ninteen as; Owen, Carney, Shenton, Chase, Ellis, Walker, Clark, Huby, Gilmour, Hauraki, Milner, Massey, Holmes, Thompson, Tansey, Clare, Martin, Mason, and Boyle.

The last time that these two clashed in the Challenge Cup was in the semi-final at Doncaster in 2011 when the Rhinos struggled to a 10-8 win thanks to a last minute high tackle by Ryan McGoldrick which allowed Sinfield to kick the crucial goal and seal a Wembley trip.

Castleford have that early season win against the Rhinos by 14-12 as proof that they can beat their big city opposition, but the Rhinos are unbeaten in five since the loss to the Giants at Headingley, and are now up to fourth in the table with two games in hand over all of the sides above them. The Tigers are currently bottom of the pile with just five points all season. Prediction
Rhinos 28 16 Tigers

I think that this could be a close one, the only certainty is that the crowd will be very small as the Rhinos public elect to keep their pounds in their pocket for later in the season. Danny Orr has the Tigers in his blood and if last week is anything to go by he can rally his troops and make them believe that they can win. Victory ove the Rhinos is, however, a very different proposition to beating the Vikings.

The bookies have given the visitors a twenty-four point start which seems a but harsh to me, I think that it will be closer than that.

The forecast is for showers this afternoon which will clear towards kick-off, but there is no guarantee that the Tigers fans will remain dry on the Western Terrace.

Fingers crossed for the Rhinos progression into the next round.

Enjoy the game.



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