Castleford Tigers vs Leigh Centurions
Competition: English Super League
Date: February 10th 2017
Location: The Mend-A-Hose Jungle, Castleford
Kick-off: 21:00 CET
Castleford are coming off a strong season which saw them finish 5th in 2016, just shy of a semi-final berth, and have recruited really well, adding Zac Hardaker and former NRL players Greg Eden and Jesse Sene-Lafao. Though, the retirement of Luke Dorn will pose a large question mark on their playmakers’ ability, in particular the other high profile former NRL recruit, in the shape of Ben Roberts.
For the Leigh club, it is their first taste of top-flight action since 2005, and they look to have a squad in place to stay here for the foreseeable future. Featuring stars such as ultra- experienced Englishmen Tickle and Higham, and former Kangaroos back-rower Glenn Stewart, as well as Cory Paterson and former Queensland Origin star Willie Tonga, the Centurions ought to mount a serious top-8 challenge.
Typical cold northern English conditions are once again expected for this clash, though all should be in readiness after their tough offseason regimes.
Castleford Tigers vs Leigh Centurions: Head to Head Stats
These teams have not met in a match since 2007, as Leigh has been languishing in the lower leagues for several seasons now. Castleford has maintained their top-flight status in the Super League comfortably for several years and attracted quality signings all the while.
Castleford Tigers vs Leigh Centurions: Prediction
Castleford played to a high standard last season and ought to continue that form in 2017, but the Leigh outfit cannot be taken lightly with the talent they have recently acquired. Overall, the Tigers must be slightly favoured due to their fine 2016 form, which ought to be enhanced somewhat by the return to England of Hardaker, who doubtlessly learned plenty from his brief stay at the foot of the mountains, with the Penrith Panthers.
Others such as Joel Monaghan, and veteran forwards Andy Lynch and Grant Millington, will need to heavily contribute, as the Leigh outfit has some high-quality stars on their side also. Leigh are perhaps 1 quality finisher short, compared to many of the other accomplished outfits in this competition, but will surely become a respected unit before the season is done. Overall, Castleford ought to do enough to take this one out, but it may well take a polished 80-minutes performance.
Castleford Tigers vs Leigh Centurion Tips
- Castleford Tigers to win by a margin around 10 points.
- Zac Hardaker and Joel Monaghan to score tries and show their world-quality class.
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