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Castleford Tigers v Leeds Rhinos Preview
The Castleford Tigers welcome their near neighbours and big rivals, the Leeds Rhinos down the road to the Jungle for this West Yorkshire derby that more often than not delivered a fantastic match up.
It is only a few short miles between the 2 clubs and in the terraces there are a number of families with split loyalties but that just adds to the occasion.
Thankfully as important as the game is for the fans of both teams, this is always a great match for neutrals as well as both teams have lots of quality throughout their squads and over the last few years, both teams have been very evenly matched.
That makes this a game that is often in the balance throughout and one that is always difficult to predict and that is when Super League, and any sport, is at its very best.
No matter if you know it via a sponsor name or as the Jungle or as Wheldon Road, Cas’ home ground is one of the most historic in the Super League but sadly it is now far past it’s best and is one of the worst grounds in the league.
The pitch at Castleford is also one of the smallest in the league which holds back the Tigers but when the ground is full, as it will be when the Rhinos are in town, it is still one of the most atmospheric grounds and that gives the players all that they need to produce their best.
This derby game may not be the most important for both sets of fans, with Leeds-Bradford and Cas-Wakey, the bigger rivalry for many but that goes out of the window on match day as the packed terraces bring a great atmosphere for these 2 quality sides to give there all and to give us great entertainment.
Castleford Tigers v Leeds Rhinos Prediction
Here at RLBet, we give out predict for who we think will win and also what we think the winning margin will be but don’t forget that the unpredictable nature of the Super League, this should only be seen as our view.
As you would expect from 2 of the oldest clubs in world Rugby League who are based just a few miles from each other, Castleford and Leeds have played in some historic and important matches down the years in both local competitions and national competitions.
The first huge match up between the 2 came way back in the 1968-69 season when the 2 sides met in the First Division Final in what was one of the closest ever finals in what is now known as the Grand Final.
It was Leeds who prevailed back then to win the Championships after a 16-14 victory.
In the same season, the 2 sides good form continued on the more local level as they also met in the final of the Yorkshire Cup in a match that was played down the road from both clubs at Belle Vue Stadium in Wakefield. On that occasion, it was Leeds who picked up the trophy as they ran out 22-11 winners.
It took until the 1988-89 season for the 2 to meet in the final of the same competition when once again the Rhinos ran out the victors with the winning score line this time been 33-12 in a match played at Elland Road in Leeds.
The next big finals to feature these 2 West Yorkshire giants came in 2014 when the 2 sides went down south to face of at Wembley Stadium in the Challenge Cup final.
It was Leeds once again that came out on top by defeating Cas by 23-10 in a match played in front of 78,000 fans.
The 2 sides did not have to wait quite as long to face off in a final once again as they met in the 2017 Super League Grand Final. In that match, played at Old Trafford in Manchester in front of 73,000 fans, it was the Blue and Yellows of Leeds that prevailed once more in a 24-6 win that was somewhat overshadowed in the build up by a ban for Zak Hardaker.