Salford Red Devils will face Castleford Tigers at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle and will be looking to earn their first away victory of the 2018 season against last year’s League Leaders’ Shield winners.
Last time out
The Red Devils suffered defeat last weekend at the Totally Wicked Stadium against St Helens but put in a solid showing for the majority of the game. In the end, discipline allowed Justin Holbrook’s side to take control of the game and Ben Barba punished Salford.
Castleford didn’t feature in last weekend’s round of Betfred Super League fixtures as their game at KCOM Craven Park against Hull Kingston Rovers was postponed. They beat Hull FC 28-18 in their last outing, however.
Season so far
Ian Watson’s side have won one of their opening four games of the Super League season following defeat against St Helens. However, The Red Devils ran St Helens close for large periods in similar fashion to Wigan on the opening weekend of the season.
Salford did get off the mark though in late February with a dominant victory over Hull Kingston Rovers at the The Salford Stadium and were extremely unlucky not to come away from Wakefield with at least a point. The Red Devils will go into this weekend’s game full of confidence and looking to earn their first points on the road in 2018.
Castleford started slowly on the opening weekend of the 2018 Betfred Super League season as they were comfortably beaten by current Super League leaders St Helens 46-6.
However, The Tigers have recovered over the past couple of weeks fighting from behind to beat Widnes Vikings before overcoming Hull FC at home. Their game against Hull KR was postponed last weekend so Castleford will be playing their first game for over two weeks.
In this week’s head-to-head we pit Salford Red Devils current top try-scorer Niall Evalds against The Tigers danger man on the flank Greg Minikin.
Evalds, who was called up to the England Knights Performance Squad earlier this week, has grabbed four tries in as many games in the 2018 Betfred Super League and will be looking to add to his tally this weekend. His pace, agility and ability to finish well has seen him become a real danger out wide.
Greg Eden stole the headlines for his try-scoring exploits last season, but it is namesake Minikin who has started the season quicker in 2018. Salford will need to be on their game if they are to keep the winger quiet on Sunday afternoon.
Weller Hauraki could be set to make his return to the match day team after missing out against St Helens last weekend with a minor injury. Mark Flanagan will be looking to retain his place after appearing in the Betfred Super League for the first time since July 2017 at the Totally Wicked Stadium.
Daryl Powell has named the same 19-man squad who were set to do battle with Hull Kingston Rovers last weekend before the game was postponed. Greg Eden, Jy Hitchcox and Joe Wardle are all out due to injury.
Castleford: James Clare, Matt Cook, Jamie Ellis, Alex Foster, Luke Gale, James Green, Oliver Holmes, Nathan Massey, Mike McMeeken, Paul McShane, Grant Millington, Adam Milner, Greg Minikin, Junior Moors, Ben Roberts, Jesse Sene-Lefao, Michael Shenton, Jake Trueman, Jake Webster.
Salford: Gareth O’Brien, Greg Johnson, Kris Welham, Junior Sa’u, Niall Evalds, Robert Lui, Jack Littlejohn, Logan Tomkins, George Griffin, Josh Jones, Weller Hauraki, Mark Flanagan, Lama Tasi, Luke Burgess, Tyrone McCarthy, Ben Nakubuwai, Josh Wood, Lee Mossop, Jake Bibby.