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11/04/14 - Castleford Tigers v St Helens KO 8pm (Sky Sports)

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11/04/14 - Castleford Tigers v St Helens KO 8pm (Sky Sports)
 

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Cas haven't been involved in a top two clash in the top division since the 1988-89 season. They played St Helens on 20 November 1988 winning the game 46-12. They didn't lose in the league that season until January.

 

These types of clashes might be commonplace for the big teams but their rarity in places like Cas means there should be a special atmosphere tonight. There's a whole generation of fans that haven't seen Cas in a top two clash.

 

Cas fans are not kidding themselves - they know they're unlikely to finish in the top two - but they're going to make the most of it while they can. Whoever wins tonight, Saints will know they've been in a game.  

 

Can't wait.

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I have absolutely no idea who will win tonight.  Prior to the Challenge Cup game I was in a heady mood of optimism but watching us flap around after the first 15 mins against Hudds reminded me of our regular flap arounds last season.  Not comforted either that apparently we won't have a specialist 6 in place tonight for whatever reason and that Amor won't be fit after his rib bruising last weekend, leaving us short on the umph up front against a team which appears to have quite a bit of umph up front!

 

I'm not travelling this evening as finances don't allow it but I will be watching on Sky in the hope that we learn from last week and take our A game to Cas because I believe we will need it.

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Excellent game in store.

Amor missing is a shame as him and Walmsley really set the foundations for St Helens. Similarly, Percival as you've got to think him up against Channing would be a real mismatch. Nevertheless, this will be a cracking game. Cas will challenge Saints defensively and their forwards are very strong also.

Wilkin back, rumoured to be in the halves, with Walsh should be a plus for St Helens and I think they'll likely prove slightly too strong for Cas. Cracking atmosphere in store at Wheldon Road as well, one of my absolute favourites. No doubt they'll make it intimidating for the Saints.

Top of the table clash and one I'm really looking forward to.

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Similarly, Percival as you've got to think him up against Channing would be a real mismatch.

 

Channings not playing, not in squad, has been getting targeted a bit and played poorly last week.  Assume DP's wants a bit more size out wide, Jake Webster replaces Channing so assume hes fit and will play centre, unless Mariano starts their. 

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Excellent game in store.

Amor missing is a shame as him and Walmsley really set the foundations for St Helens. Similarly, Percival as you've got to think him up against Channing would be a real mismatch. Nevertheless, this will be a cracking game. Cas will challenge Saints defensively and their forwards are very strong also.

Wilkin back, rumoured to be in the halves, with Walsh should be a plus for St Helens and I think they'll likely prove slightly too strong for Cas. Cracking atmosphere in store at Wheldon Road as well, one of my absolute favourites. No doubt they'll make it intimidating for the Saints.

Top of the table clash and one I'm really looking forward to.

With Wilkin back cas players should watch their heads.

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With Wilkin back cas players should watch their heads.

He got drilled about that on the BBC after the CC game last weekend so my guess is he'll be keeping his tackles careful from now on!

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Cas' by 2, more on the grounds that all winning runs come to an end sometime than anything else. Looking forward to the game, whichever way it goes!

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This could go either way. If Saints play as they can, then Cas could still win (never underestimate Cas at home with the support in full voice). If Saints don't play well then Cas will almost certainly win.

I suppose we'll find out if Sunday's performance was just a blip for Saints. My guess is that it probably was (it followed the epic battle against Leeds after all).

Id like to think it'll be a cracker whatever the outcome. Hope there's a great crowd. Saints by 4.

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Pleased Cas are doing well I can't even tip this one very much looking forward to it

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It will be interesting from my POV to see how Luke Walsh responds to the atmosphere and ground at Cas.  My bet is he won't have played in too many places like it, not just its age and, er, world weariness, but its size and the proximity of (our) opposition fans to the players.  I think he may be educated in the arts of traditional English rugby league tonight!

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A lovely tribute to Paul Wellens from the BBC here ahead of his record breaking appearance tonight:

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/rugby-league/26981036

 

I'm sure that the great memories which he's given us over the course of his career won't be forgotten in a hurry, and with a bit of luck he can contribute to a few more special moments before he retires. He probably has been a little overshadowed by more glamorous names (Cunningham, Sculthorpe, Long, Roby, Lyon etc), but the role he played in bringing so much success to our club can't be underestimated. Being named MoS along with winning several other awards during our 2006 treble winning season said it all really,

 

Well done Paul :) 

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Don't share most people's opinions, I'm afraid. The bookies have given Cas a ten point start which I think Is about right.

 

I hope it's a ripsnorter of a game, in doubt until the last few mins, but I can see Saints winning by a few.

 

Cas 16 Saints 28.

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Don't share most people's opinions, I'm afraid. The bookies have given Cas a ten point start which I think Is about right.

Seems like we are trying out a new halfback combination tonight.  Wilkin at 6 and Walsh at 7.  Every team needs settled halfbacks but Tinkerman just can't help himself.

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Seems like we are trying out a new halfback combination tonight.  Wilkin at 6 and Walsh at 7.  Every team needs settled halfbacks but Tinkerman just can't help himself.

 

why? is hi-ho not playing?

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Seems like we are trying out a new halfback combination tonight.  Wilkin at 6 and Walsh at 7.  Every team needs settled halfbacks but Tinkerman just can't help himself.

He's been a lot better in that regard so far this season, but I'm baffled by this one. Hohaia has surely done enough to keep his place for the time being? He's been a different player over the last few weeks.

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5 year contract extension for Carney. That's excellent news :)

 

Credit to Cas for managing to get him signed up when NRL clubs were reportedly snooping.

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Wilkin drops the KO and Cas go through a huge hole on the Saints left hand side to go over.

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Haven't really watched Cas much this season but it's plainly obvious why they do well. Structured play every player knows exactly what they are doing and do it well.

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Well, Cas have started like house on fire.

Not sure about Wilkin smiling after dropping the kick off; not very professional.

Shenton knock on spoils Cas try.

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Makinson let's Carney catch a Dorn bomb who just offloads to Shenton who strolls in.

12 - 0 Cas and thoroughly deserved.

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