Cas need a Wake up call before season implodes!
Wakefield v Castleford |2:30 Saturday - live on BBC1
The Challenge Cup gives the Castleford Tigers some welcome and much needed relief from their woeful Super League form of late. The draw for the fifth round wasn't too kind though and pitted Terry Matterson's team against local rivals Wakefield Trinity Wildcats.
The Tigers (4/7) make the short journey to Belle Vue without a win in their last five games against top-flight opposition, a run which included a derby defeat against Wakefield a month ago. The most recent of those defeats was a crushing loss last Friday away at Warrington. The Wolves smashed in 62 points against Cas without reply, a mixture of missed tackles and the inability to cope with the pace of the Wolves resulting in a heavy and humiliating defeat.
The Wildcats' (13/10) manager John Kear is "excited" by the prospect of this Challenge Cup tie and will be looking to get one over on Castleford for a second time in four weeks. Wakefield triumphed 28-24 against the Tigers in April and Kear will be hoping that his pacy, attacking team can exploit a lack of confidence in the visitors. Wakefield were ten points up in thirteen first half minutes last week at Crusaders but threw the match away. Kear was particularly disappointed with referee Phil Benson who he thought made a few decisions to the detriment of his team.
The four point difference between the teams last time out is the exact points difference on the 80 minute handicap this time around. Wakefield +4 can be backed at 10/11 while Castleford -4 is also 10/11.
The Wildcats include first team regulars Julien Rinaldi, Matthew Wildie and Paul Johnson as well as the impressive Dale Morton. Morton has just returned from injury, scoring three tries in the process. The youngster is 12/1 to score the first try here.
Chris Dean is absent due to a wrist injury while Jeremy Smith drops out of the team beaten by Crusaders last week and Liam Higgins is cup-tied.
Terry Matterson has made four changes to his 19 man squad following that defeat at Warrington. Martin Aspinwall, Nathan Massey, Ryan McGoldrick and Paul Jackson all make way for the returning Willie Isa and Nick Youngquest as well as the recalled Daryl Clark and Jordan Thompson.
The Tigers have returned just six points from their last two games and know they must get more on the board if they are to defeat Wakefield. In Rangi Chase they have one of the most exciting players in the Super League, can the Kiwi break the deadlock with the first try at 16/1.
I've got a feeling that this is going to be a close game. Neither side are setting the Super League on fire at present and the cup presents a perfect opportunity to blow off some steam and go for the win. I'm going for the Wildcats to just nick it. Wakefield by 6-10 points is priced at 13/2.