Tonight’s televised game – one of two to take place on Thursday – is a mouthwatering clash between two of Super League’s three remaining unbeaten sides: Hull FC v Castleford Tigers.
The Black and Whites are top of the league after the opening rounds of the season, whilst Castleford sit just a point behind them with three points after a draw against Hull KR and victory against Wakefield. It promises to be a fantastic game – and here’s four players you may not immediately think of who could have a big bearing on proceedings tonight.
Jack Logan (Hull FC)
The young centre has enjoyed a remarkable start to 2016, scoring two tries in his first two games and looking more than comfortable with the rigours of Super League. He’ll face some serious experience in Castleford’s backline this evening – but back Logan to shine once again as his fledgling career continues.
Oliver Holmes (Castleford)
The competition on the edges will be fierce on Thursday night, and tonight’s battle features some of the most dynamic back-rowers in the competition. Oliver Holmes is one of those without doubt, and the forward, who looks capable of stepping up to international level in the years to come, will be crucial for Cas on Thursday – just as he has been for the last couple of years.
Sika Manu (Hull FC)
A likely tussle for Holmes on Thursday night will be the exciting forward Sika Manu, who is one of a number of new recruits for Hull FC this year. The headlines are going to the likes of Frank Pritchard so far in 2016, but Manu has struck up an impressive partnership with half-back Leon Pryce – and he’ll be one to watch on Thursday.
Nathan Massey (Castleford)
Alongside Oliver Holmes is another local lad in the pack who will be keen to impress on Thursday. Nathan Massey enjoyed perhaps the finest season of his career to date in 2015, and he will be looking to continue the upward arc his career is seemingly on in 2016. Whether it’s at prop or loose-forward, Massey is always one to watch out for.