Castleford will be attempting to end a horrendous seven-year hoodoo against defending Super League champions St Helens tonight – and pick up a first win against them since 2008.
St Helens have won their last 15 meetings with Castleford, with the Tigers’ last win against the Saints a 30-24 home win on 6 April, 2008. St Helens have emerged victorious from six consecutive away visits to Castleford since then.
And amazingly, for our Throwback Thursday this week, we’re focusing on that last win for the Tigers – which was watched by Dwain Chambers.
Chambers infamously signed for the Tigers on trial in 2008 and appeared in a reserve game, and watched on from the stands during the win against the Saints.
The disgraced sprinter – who has begun a month’s trial with engage Super League’s bottom club – was reduced to the role of spectator after Tigers coach Terry Matterson wisely decided he was not yet ready for his first taste of Super League. Ultimately, it was a role he never featured in.
Two tries from Joe Westerman and Kirk Dixon, as well as scored from Richard Owen and Cas stalwart Luke Dorn helped the Tigers to a 30-24 win, the last time they toppled Keiron Cunningham’s men.
Can they finally end the hoodoo tonight?
THE TEAMS THAT DAY:
CASTLEFORD: McGoldrick, Owen, Clayton, Dixon, Wainwright, Dorn, Sherwin, Higgins, Henderson, Huby, Guttenbeil, Lupton, Westerman. Subs: Thackeray, Korkidas, Boyle, Fletcher.
ST HELENS: Wellens, Gardner, Gidley, Tyrer, Meli, Pryce, Long, Frodsham, Roby, Cayless, Clough, Wilkin, Flannery. Subs: Bennett, Fa’asavalu, Eastmond, Dean.