The bookies claimed the spoils last night with an 8 point victory being the handicap line. Now that’s annoying. However we live to fight another day and tonight’s battle is another bone crushing feast. These two side never take a backward step and I expect the heavy physical struggle to take its toll later in the game.
So how do they measure up. On paper you would argue in their latest encounters that the Airlie Birds have the wood over Castleford with two victories and a draw. However Castelford weren’t playing great Rugby then and I think they are now peaking at the right time. Hull have also lost both Gareth Ellis and Leon Pryce. That’s a big hit for any team to take. On the plus side Kirk Yeamen is back.
The forwards will decide this battle, as they so often do. Paul McShane will appreciate the space that his forwards may be able to create and there is no doubting that Castleford like to move the ball around. The question is – do Hull have the point scoring ability.
Home ground advantage is reckoned to be worth about 4 points and the Jungle would fit that brief, so with a 6 point handicap line layers are suggesting that Castleford on neutral ground would be 2 point favourites. There hasn’t been much between these teams of late and I would be reluctant to get involved on the handicap. I do think that Castleford will get their Super 8 campaign of to a winning start and get one of the 5 wins that Daryl Powell thinks they need to qualify for the play-offs