Super League Tips: Castleford to inflict more pain on Hull KR
Phil Spink takes a look at this week's televised Super League games at Hull KR and Wakefield which can hopefully beat the cold weather...
"Hull KR suffered a miserable evening against Salford last week and look set for another tough night as an improving Castleford visit KCOM Craven Park."
*Please Note: Both of this week's Sky Sports live Super League games have now been cancelled due to adverse weather conditions.
Shenton can inspire another Tigers win
Hull KR vs Castleford Tigers
Thursday 1st March, 19:45 GMT
Live on Sky Sports Arena
Hull KR suffered a miserable evening against Salford last week and look set for another tough night as an improving Castleford visit KCOM Craven Park on Thursday.
The news of Danny McGuire's absence for the Robins led to a gamble on Salford and the money was well founded as the Red Devils strolled to a 36-12 success, their first of the season. It was a third defeat in four games for Rovers and their half-back problems continue with McGuire and Matty Marsh missing out again, though they are set to welcome back forward James Donaldson for his first game since April.
Castleford put in a fine second-half performance in beating a determined Hull 28-18 on Saturday despite neither of their returning pair Greg Eden and Joe Wardle, who both miss out again, lasting the full game. Perhaps the early departure of Eden was a blessing in disguise as Michael Shenton switched to the left wing and produced a man-of-the-match performance with two tries. Greg Minikin and James Clare look set to play out wide this time but it could be worth chancing the in-form Shenton to cross the whitewash once more.
Castleford have work to do to get back to their 2017 pomp, but have a great chance here to impress and land the Roger Millward Trophy, named in honour of the legendary Castleford and Hull KR number six, and being presented to the winners of this fixture for the first time.
Narrow victory expected for Wakefield
Wakefield Trinity vs. Huddersfield Giants
Friday 2nd March, 19:45 GMT
Live on Sky Sports Mix and Sky Sports Action
Friday's game is a West Yorkshire Derby with the unbeaten Wakefield hosting Huddersfield.
Trinity have gone about their business well in winning their first three games, for all they have been against sides fancied to be in the battle to avoid the wooden spoon.
Huddersfield have had it a lot tougher, taking on St Helens, Warrington and Hull, with only a home win against Wire to show for their efforts. They'll get better as the weeks go on, particularly when Captain Michael Lawrence is back in action, and the star of England's World Cup campaign Jermaine McGillvary, who returned in last week's 26-12 St Helens defeat, gets more game time under his belt.
Wakefield have come out on top on the last two occasions the sides have met at Belle Vue, and despite having no recognised hooker this time, with Kyle Wood joining Tyler Randell on the sidelines, they should have the edge. They left it late when winning 28-26 in a cracking match in May and there may not be much in it again.
Back Wakefield Trinity to win by 1-12 - 15/8
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