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Jon Riley 8th Sep 2011 - 15:24

Hull of a performance needed for Cas to KO KR!

Hull KR v Castleford Tigers | Saturday 17:45 - live on Sky Sports 3

The quest to reach the play-offs comes down to this 27th and final round of regular-season matches and the stakes couldn't be higher for both Hull Kingston Rovers and the Castleford Tigers. The requirements are simple; the Robins need only to avoid defeat to make the top eight while the Tigers require a victory.

The Tigers started the season in blistering fashion, chalking up seven wins from their opening eight Super League matches but have slowly slipped down the rankings ever since. They go into this hugely important clash on the back of a 50 points to 18 thrashing at the hands of the Rovers' arch rivals Hull FC and can now be backed at 3/1 to win the game and clinch the points to snatch that final play-off spot.

In complete contrast to the visitors, Hull KR are one of the form teams in the Super League, storming into the top eight on the back of seven wins from their last eight outings. Unsurprisingly, on the crest of a wave following impressive victories against St Helens and Catalan Dragons, the Robins are a cut price 2/9 for victory.

The club has had to prepare for this match with the distraction of having thieves steal the cable that powers the Craven Park floodlights, but Rovers officials were quick to state that the game against Cas would never be in any doubt. The Rovers fans will hope that the visiting Tigers don't rob their play-off spot on Saturday evening!

The handicap market for this encounter is set at 12 points. The hosts and overwhelming favourites are 10/11 at -12 while Castleford can be backed +12 at 10/11.

It was during the Tigers brilliant early season run when these two teams met previously, round three of the Super League saw Cas defeat the Rovers 27-14 at the Jungle. If they can summon that kind of from once again and defeat their opposition by 11-15 points (22/1) then it would be a double cause for celebration.

There'll be some good players on display at Craven Park, Blake Green player of the year for KR is up against Rangi Chase, arguably the form player of the competition. That clash in itself between the two stand-offs is going to be a great one.

I would recommend Hull KR by 16-20 (11/2) in this crucial meeting of the sides. In what will be the swansong for either losing manager, both Justin Morgan and Terry Matterson are set to leave their respective clubs at the end of the current campaign, Hull KR/Hull KR in the Double Result market might not have the biggest odds at 1/2 but should certainly provide a winning bet.....in my opinion!



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