Super League Tips: Captain Shenton can inspire Castleford Tigers to victory

Castleford Tigers Captain Michael Shenton
Michael Shenton can lead the Castleford Tigers back to victory
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Our Super League man Phil Spink takes a look at the televised Round 13 matches and thinks Castleford can bounce back to winning ways...

"Castleford won by margins of 18 and 25 against their opponents at home last term and can cover the 12 handicap."

Saints juggernaut to thunder on

Salford Red Devils vs St Helens
Thursday 26th April, 19:45 BST
Live on Sky Sports Arena

Salford's good run of form looks set to end as they welcome St Helens on Thursday.
Ian Watson's side have forced their way into the Super 8s picture with wins against Huddersfield and Wakefield. Last week's 38-4 home victory over Trinity was their best performance of the season and it was all the more notable considering Wakefield had edged out St Helens in their previous match.

That was only a second defeat of the year for the Saints, but they quickly got back on track and returned to their ruthless best as they crushed Huddersfield 66-4 on Friday, running in twelve tries despite the absence of top-scorer Mark Percival and Captain James Roby. Percival and Second Rower Zeb Taia, who has also been enjoying a fine campaign, are back for the league leaders.

Salford were undone in the second half when the sides met on Merseyside in Round 4, going down 34-2, with only a penalty to show for their efforts. They've struggled for points in their recent games against the title chasers, having been nilled at Leeds on Easter Monday and scoring just one converted try in defeat at home to Warrington. If St Helens pick up where they left off last week then they should cover the handicap.

Captain Shenton to lead Castleford to victory

Castleford Tigers vs Wakefield Trinity
Friday 27th April, 19:45 BST
Live on Sky Sports Action

Castleford can bounce back from their 28-12 defeat at Wigan with another success in the West Yorkshire Derby at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle.

Having gone in at half time just 14-12 down last week, the Tigers proved to be their own worst enemy in the second half, stacking up the errors and failing to score another point. That was Castleford's third defeat of the season, again to a side above them in the table, but they can bounce back from disappointment once again and have a very good opportunity to get another one over on their struggling rivals. They are short of recognised wingers, with Garry Lo, who made a try-scoring debut against Wigan, joining James Clare and Greg Eden on the sidelines. Captain Michael Shenton, who stepped in nicely into his old position earlier in the season, could start the game out wide again, and is worth backing to add to his five tries this year. Castleford won by margins of 18 and 25 against their opponents at home last term and are backed to cover the handicap of 12.

Wakefield will be hopeful they can hold onto a place in the Super 8s despite suffering a sixth defeat in seven games at Salford, a performance coach Chris Chester described as "one of the worst in a long, long time." Their 24-20 win over St Helens has been the only bright spot over the last eight weeks and their impressive start is becoming a distant memory. They haven't come out on top in this fixture since the opening round of the 2015 Super League season, going down 11-6 in tough conditions on their ground at Easter. Chester is expected to make several changes to his side again, with winger Tom Johnstone among those likely to be back in the starting thirteen.

Hull to bring Catalans back down to earth

Catalans Dragons vs Hull FC
Saturday 28th April, 17:00 BST
Live on Sky Sports Arena

Basement side Catalans Dragons welcome Hull FC to the south of France on Saturday. It's been a dismal 2018 for Steve McNamara's side who were gaining only their third win of the year at York in the Challenge Cup last week. Even then they were on the back foot for long periods to try and contain a spirited part-time York side, who sit third in League 1, conceding four tries and 22 points in total. They will no doubt be buoyed by that victory, but their improving visitors will surely punish them plenty more if they are allowed as much time on the ball.

Hull ended a poor record against the Leeds Rhinos with a Marc Sneyd-inspired 19-18 victory last week. That was their fifth win in six games, the loss coming at St Helens. Coach Lee Radford has spoken of his delight at having the rare chance to name the same squad for the trip to Catalans and they look to have a great chance of beating them for the second time in a month, having eased to a 42-16 win in the corresponding fixture at Hull in Round 7.

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