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Castleford Tigers v St Helens Preview
The Castleford Tigers welcome St Helens across to West Yorkshire for what is always an exciting game and one that has a big say on the outcome of the season for both teams.
St Helens are a club who go into every season expecting it to be a successful one and to be challenging for honours whilst the Tigers are a club who know that if they can remain healthy and get some good form going they too can be challenging whilst a run of looses and a drop in form could see them drop into mid-table mediocracy- such a re the fines margins in the Super League.
One of the best ways to keep pace with the top clubs and to play yourself into a confident run of form is to take on and defeat the top teams, especially at home, so that adds lots of pressure to the Tigers and it also highlights just how important this game is for both clubs and what the impact could be for both clubs going forward.
The Jungle plays host to this one and whilst the ground won’t win any awards for its facilities and for the look of it, when the big clubs are in town the ground packs out and the Cas fans create a great atmosphere.
The pitch is one of the smallest in the sport and that plays to the favour of the hosts as they know how to play to the small confines of the Tigers pitch and when you add in how close the fans are to action and you have a unique atmosphere and setting for the players to perform to their best and to give us an exciting game.
Castleford Tigers v St Helens 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.
The first big final match up between the sides came in the inaugural BBC2 Floodlit Trophy, which was a tournament shown on BBC television during the week with matches played on an evening under floodlights- a new concept at the time.
In the final of that first event, held in the 1965-66 season, it was Castleford who ran out the winners by defeating Saints 4-0 at Knowsley Road on the 14th of December to pick up the first ever Floodlit trophy.
One of the highlights of the Super League era between the 2 sides came in the 2017 season when after the Tigers had finished the league part of the season as the runaway winners. In that years play-offs, the 2 sides met at the semi-final stage with a place in the Grand Final on the line.
With both teams in great form and with both been the best attacking sides in the minds of most fans, a lot was expected of the match up and it certainly delivered on all fronts.
One of the big talking points heading into the game was an injury to Luke Gale but just days after having an emergency appendectomy, he not only played in the game but he scored one of the most memorable drop goals in the sports history to pick up the win for the Tigers by 23-22.
Their have been few big finals played between the 2 sides during the despite them been at the top of the game for so long but ne such occasion did come in the 2021 season, when they met in the final of the Challenge Cup at Wembley Stadium, when Saints overturned a half time deficit to run out the winners.