Castleford motivated by being overlooked, says Daryl Powell

Castleford coach Daryl Powell insists his ‘upstart’ side draw extra motivation from receiving little recognition in recent weeks – and believes they are out to prove they belong as an elite Super League side over the next fortnight. The Tigers blazed a trail throughout 2017, finishing as runaway league leaders before reaching the Grand Final for the first time. They…

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Tigers too strong for Hull at KC Stadium

Castleford Tigers were too strong for Hull FC tonight at the KC Stadium, winning 8-28 after establishing a 0-18 lead at half-time. Hull FC came into this game desperate to atone in front of their own supporters for their disastrous 80-10 defeat by Warrington Wolves eight days earlier. They were competitive for the first 15 minutes but went behind when…

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Castleford unlikely to recruit Jake Webster replacement for 2019, admits Daryl Powell

Castleford coach Daryl Powell has indicated that Greg Minikin, rather than a new recruit, is the favourite to fill the centre spot which will be vacated by Jake Webster for 2019. Webster is heading to Bradford on a two-year deal, and though the Tigers have tried to strengthen their backline – League Express revealed earlier this year they were interested…

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Squad news for Friday’s two Super League Super 8s games

Hull FC v Castleford (7:45pm, KCOM Stadium, Sky Sports) Despite being beaten 80-10 at Warrington last week, injury-hit Hull FC make just one change to their 19-man squad for Friday night’s game against Castleford. Young centre Cameron Scott comes in – he replaces prop Mickey Paea, who joins the club’s lengthy injury list. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Castleford coach Daryl Powell names…

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Powell hints Ben Roberts likely to feature from bench upon return from injury

Ben Roberts’ place in the Castleford side upon his return from injury could well be from the bench as a utility. Signed initially as a half-back – where he starred in last year’s League Leaders’ Shield triumph – before reverting to fullback at the start of this year, Roberts has become renowned for his versatility throughout his career. And with…

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Castleford move has ‘opened Watts eyes’ after disappointing Hull exit

Liam Watts admits his move to Castleford has ‘opened his eyes’ again following the disappointment of his departure from Hull FC. Watts left Hull under a cloud in March, denying he had off-field issues which reportedly led to his departure from the Black and Whites. However, he admits he is now in a much better place with his hometown club…

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SQUAD WATCH: All the team news for Friday’s Super 8s games

Wigan v Castleford (DW Stadium, 7:45pm, Sky Sports) Wigan welcome back long-term absentees George Williams and Ryan Sutton for Friday’s game with Castleford – but there is no Chris Hankinson. Castleford make three changes for the game; out go the injured Peter Mata’utia plus Jacques O’Neill and Calum Turner – returning are Jake Webster, Joe Wardle and Will Maher. Wigan…

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Castleford hopeful Luke Gale will return from injury the week after Challenge Cup final

Castleford scrum-half and reigning Man of Steel Luke Gale is closing on a return from injury – but it will not be for another couple of weeks yet. Gale has been absent since April after suffering a fractured kneecap, and initial prognosis had him returning for the start of the Super 8s, which begins for Castleford this Friday night at…

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Castleford confirm Peter Mata’utia signing from Leigh

Castleford have confirmed the signature of Leigh Centurions fullback Peter Mata’utia on loan – followed by an immediate three-year deal. Mata’utia will link up with the Tigers immediately, on loan until the end of the 2018 season, in preparation for the Super League Super 8s as Castleford push to secure a play-off place and a possible return to the Grand…

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