With his sides place in the semi-finals confirmed after last weeks defeat of Hull FC, Castleford Tigers boss Daryl Powell is not taking anything for granted has he looks to his side to continue their recent good form against a Huddersfield Giants side that as risen in confidence has they have climbed up the table after they were odds on favourites to go down earlier in the season.
In doing so he has made only two forced changes to his side with Oliver Holmes and Will Maher both dropping out of contention with Samoan power house Jesse Sene-Lefao and utility back Greg Minkin being recalled to the match day squad. With his injuries slowly returning at just the right time the tigers now have the players that can challenge to go one better than last seasons finalists’ medals.
Their opponents at the Mend-a-hose Stadium, Huddersfield will still be feeling the sting of last week’s defeat at the hands of Warrington Wolves which saw their chances of sneaking into the top four over after a fantastic second half to the season which has seen them climb up the table from bottom spot, taking a number of scalps along the way, including that of run away leaders St Helens.
Giants coach Simon Woolford who has just been named as Ireland’s new coach for the autumns home nations match’s has made three changes to his side, with the experienced duo Leroy Cudjoe and Jermaine McGillvary dropping out along with Alex Mellor. The trio will be replaced with youngsters Sam Hewitt, Colton Roche and Matty English as Woolford starts preparations for next season.
Clare, Clark, Eden, Gale, Massey, Mata'utia, McMeeken, McShane, Millington, Milner, Minikin, Moors, Roberts, Sene-Lefao, Shenton, Trueman, Wardle, Watts, Webster.
Mamo, Turner, Gaskell, Brough, Leeming, Lawrence, Hinchcliffe, Rankin, Roberts, Ta'ai, Clough, Smith, O'Brien, Roche, English, Wardle, Hewitt, Senior, Matagi.