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Castleford Tigers can finish June unbeaten says Phil Spink as he takes a look at the televised games in Round 19...

"St Helens, Wigan and Warrington have all come away from France with two points this season and Castleford can complete the set for the sides in the top four"

Warriors to attack again

Wigan Warriors vs Leeds Rhinos
Thursday 28 June, 19:45 BST
Live on Sky Sports Action

Second-placed Wigan Warriors welcome the 2017 champions to the DW Stadium on Thursday and both teams have seen a downturn in fortunes as the season has progressed.

The Warriors were on a fine run and pushing St Helens close for top spot before suffering three defeats in the space of a fortnight which also saw the announcement of coach Shaun Wane's end-of-season departure as well as news breaking of off-the-field troubles involving the Tomkins brothers. A 14-10 win at Hull stopped the slide but they failed to back that up against a heavily-depleted Castleford on Friday, going down 19-18 to a late drop goal having been 12-4 ahead at half time.

Drop goals have been a recurring feature in defeats for Leeds and the boot of Sam Tomkins was the difference between the sides when they met in Round 11, Wigan securing a rare Headingley win by 9-8. Leeds coach Brian McDermott has been brushing off mentions of 'slump' and 'crisis' in interviews, but they've won just once in the league since that encounter while suffering a horrific run with injuries and are in real danger of ending up in the Qualifiers. Their failure to see games out having been in front and looking comfortable has been a common theme and they've lost by more than 12 points just twice. Siding with Wigan to stay within that margin could be the way to go again.

Trinity worth a punt on generous-looking handicap

St Helens vs Wakefield Trinity
Friday 29 June, 19:45 BST
Live on Sky Sports Action

Wakefield Trinity bid to complete the double over St Helens when they visit Merseyside on Friday.

Trinity are one of only two sides to have lowered the colours of the league leaders this year, holding on for a 24-20 home win in Round 11. They've been a tricky team to catch right but have won three of their last four games to strengthen their position in the top eight, seeing off Widnes 44-22 at home on Sunday with coach Chris Chester far from impressed with the 22 points they conceded in the second half.

St Helens had four of the 17 players involved in England's impressive 36-18 win over New Zealand in Denver last Saturday. All of them have been included in Justin Holbrook's squad and it will be interesting to see if that trip has taken anything out of them given the game was played in unique conditions of high-altitude and very hot conditions. Saints needed a drop goal to prevail 23-22 at an under-strength Leeds a fortnight ago so they are certainly there to be shot at. Wakefield can be backed at 4/1 to complete a fantastic double but we'll stick with the safer option of the handicap.

Dragons to feel the heat in Perpignan

Catalans Dragons vs Castleford Tigers
Saturday 30 June, 18:15 BST
Live on Sky Sports Action

Castleford Tigers can make it six wins in a row against Catalans Dragons on Saturday night.

The Tigers are unbeaten in four games in June and have their eye on second place after last week's dramatic win over Wigan, a result all the more pleasing for coach Daryl Powell considering they were missing eleven players. They have a good record against the French side, winning on their last two trips to France and nilling them when they visited Yorkshire in April.

That 41-0 hammering proved to be something of a kairotic moment for Steve McNamara's side as they've since lost just twice in ten games, dishing out the latest defeat to Leeds Rhinos with a memorable 28-25 win at Headingley, scoring four unanswered tries in the second half.

They may only need a couple more wins to avoid the Qualifiers but St Helens, Wigan and Warrington have all come away from France with two points this season and Castleford can complete the set for the sides in the top four.

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