Powell keeping Castleford grounded ahead of Wakefield clash

Castleford coach Daryl Powell has called for caution over his side’s lofty position at the top of Super League ahead of tonight’s clash with local rivals Wakefield. The Tigers are eight points clear at the Super League summit – a gap which will increase to ten tonight with victory at fifth-placed Trinity. But Powell has stressed that there is still…

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Kear hoping to give his first love a “good hiding” on Thursday night

John Kear admits that while he would like to see former club Castleford win Super League if his current employers can’t, he would love nothing more than to “give them a good hiding” on Thursday to keep Wakefield’s own hopes of silverware well and truly alive. Trinity and the Tigers meet in a mouthwatering Thursday night clash this evening, with…

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New deal for McMeeken at Castleford

Castleford Tigers star Mike McMeeken, already under contract for 2018, has signed a two-year contract extension that means he will remain at the Tigers until at least the end of the 2020 Super League season. McMeeken, 23, joined the Tigers in 2015 from London Broncos. Under the wing of Daryl Powell and his coaching team his game has developed to the point at which…

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Castleford extend lead at top with narrow win over Hull

Castleford extended their lead at the top of Super League to eight points – but they were made to withstand a late comeback from Hull FC in a thrilling clash. Leading 20-4 at half-time courtesy of tries from Zak Hardaker, Luke Gale and Mike McMeeken, Castleford looked on course to comfortably extend their lead at the summit. However, Hull rallied…

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A combined Castleford and Hull 13 ahead of Friday’s showdown

They don’t get much bigger than tonight’s huge top-of-the-table showdown between league leaders Castleford and second-placed Hull FC. So in true TotalRL fashion, we thought we’d stir up some debate by asking of the 19-man squads named by both sides, which players from each team would make a combined XIII? Get ready to argue with us.. Fullback: Zak Hardaker (Castleford)…

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Gale calls on Castleford to right their wrongs against Hull tonight

“Revenge”, “right a few wrongs” – there is no doubting that Luke Gale came up with all the right soundbites this week to tee up tonight’s mouthwatering table-topping clash with Hull FC. In essence, the script writes itself. Midway through the season, nobody appears to have the formula to beat Castleford: except Hull. Of the four times the Tigers have lost…

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ANALYSIS: How Zak Hardaker’s 2017 form compares with his Man of Steel season

It’s been a heck of a year for Zak Hardaker as a Castleford Tigers player. Hardaker has undoubtedly reestablished himself as one of Super League’s finest talents after a difficult 2016, following a 2015 campaign in which he was without question the competition’s standout talent, winning the coveted Steve Prescott MBE Man of Steel award. But where does the England…

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Castleford keen to open talks with McMeeken over contract extension

Castleford coach Daryl Powell has admitted the club are intending on extending the contract of England forward Mike McMeeken. McMeeken, one of several high-profile Super League players in talks with the Rugby Football League about becoming centrally-contracted, has a contract which expires at the end of next season as things stand. And Powell says that the club are definitely keen…

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Daryl Powell admits Castleford were motivated by Leeds’ pre-match comments

Castleford coach Daryl Powell admits comments made by Leeds coach Brian McDermott in the run-up to their win at Headingley on Friday did help motivate his side. The Tigers extended their lead at the Super League summit to seven points after the 23-12 win over the Rhinos. However, the pre-match build-up was dominated by comments made by McDermott – who…

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McDermott believes top spot is Castleford’s after win at Leeds

Leeds coach Brian McDermott believes Super League leaders Castleford have now sewn up the race for top spot following the win over the Rhinos on Friday night. Castleford produced another emphatic display of their title credentials with the 23-12 win at Headingley which opened up a seven-point gap at the top of the table. And McDermott, who had said in…

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