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Tigers to Get a Mauling
Posted by southstander on April 20 2006 - 10:33:30


Friday night sees the top attack in Superleague XI take on the worst defence. There is no wonder that SKY have made a last minute decision to drop the game!

Fresh from mondays 64-6 mauling by fellow strugglers Warrington Wolves, even the most optimistic of Tigers supporters must be expecting a hammering at headquarters.

But...we've slipped on banana skins like this before. We preview the match here.

Tony Smith welcomes back Chev Walker and Lee Smith to a twenty which includes mondays seventeen plus Aussie prop Mark O'Neil. O'Neil is once again tipped for his Rhinos debut and after Smith decided not to risk him in the competitive and crucial trip to the Willows, I suspect that he'll get the nod on friday. I think that Walker and Smith will be back in the seventeen, along with O'Neil and this will see Williams and Gibson missing out. I'm not sure which prop will make way, and it may be that Smith decides to rest Bailey or Scruton.

Matterson has hit the panic button in bringing Brad Davis (38) back to the Jungle. He is in the squad for friday, as is ex-Rhino Danny Ward who seems to be struggling at his new club. The named twenty is made up of; Platt, Pryce, Shenton, Dyer, Blanch, Kain, Henderson, Nutley, Haughey, Roarty, Huby, Whitaker, Viane, Fa'aoso, Manu, Franze, McGoldrick, Ward, and Davis. On paper it is a side who should be able to push most sides, but they are simply not delivering.

Three Tigers to watch;




The Tigers visited Headingley on the 3rd March, full of hope, and left on the receiving end of a 66-14 whooping. Leeds scored eleven converted tries onthat day with Chev Walker getting a hat-trick and easily scooping the Man of the Match from voters. I doubt that it will be a capacity crowd again, and I'd think that you'd struggle to give tickets away in Castleford.

The Tigers are currently languishing in eleventh place in Superleague, and are already out of the Challenge Cup. They are being kept out of the relegation spot by the woeful Warriors, but with Noble set to announce his move over the Pennines today they are unlikely to continue being that bad for too much longer. The Tigers have a points difference of -189, the owrst in the league by some 79 points. On the other hand the Rhinos have the best attack and the second best is predicting anything other than a big Rhinos win. Prediction
Rhinos 68 12 Tigers

The forecast is for light rain all day on friday changing into occasional showers. I think I'd rather be in the south stand than on the western terrace for this one. Bookies odds are not up yet, but expect a very large handicap on the Rhinos, possibly up to the late thirties. So long as the handicap is less than fifty (which it will be) then I'd expect the Rhinos to beat it.

Have a good game, and don't be too hard on any 'country cousins' that you might bump into. They are more to be pitied than scorned!



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