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Castleford Tigers v Salford Red Devils – Match preview

In 2017 the Tigers took Super League by storm marching to the league leaders shield with some fantastic free flowing rugby. Salford were the first team to beat them last year in an epic contest at the AJ Bell Stadium with Gareth O’Brien dropping the all important goal to give the Red Devils a 13-12 victory.

In the end it was a disappointing finale to the season for Castleford, with the Zak Hardaker issues and being well beaten in the Grand Final by Leeds.

Daryl Powell has done an excellent job as Head Coach, slowly building and moulding his side over the last few years: big things are expected again in 2018. Heavily beaten at St Helens in the opening round, since then two solid wins have followed for The Tigers.

Super League Away Record At Castleford

Won 5

Lost 13

1997 Castleford 12 Salford 10

1998 Castleford 30 Salford 12

1999 Castleford 38 Salford 10

2000 Castleford 30 Salford 4

2001 Castleford 22 Salford 24

2002 Castleford 24 Salford 2

2004 Castleford 32 Salford 36

2004 Castleford 22 Salford 24

2006 Castleford 28 Salford 26

2009 Castleford 52 Salford 16

2010 Castleford 30 Salford 12

2011 Castleford 52 Salford 20

2012 Castleford 34 Salford 30

2013 Castleford 44 Salford 30

2014 Castleford 14 Salford 10

2015 Castleford 30 Salford 16

2016 Castleford 16 Salford 32

2017 Castleford 38 Salford 14

They played for both

Throughout the Super League era there have been plenty of players who have played for both clubs and quite a few through the 1970s and 80s.

Here is a selection of them Paul Orr, Bill Kirkbride, Jonny Ward, Barry Kear, Ron Hill, Ian Bragger, Justin Carney, Chris Charles, Jason Critchley, Luke Dorn, Greg Eden, Jake Emmit, Jason Flowers, Matt Gardner, Ashley Gibson, Wayne Godwin, Weller Hauraki, Lee Jewitt, Michael Korkidas, Francis Maloney, Mike Platt, Darren Rogers, Darren Shaw, Mark Sneyd and Gray Viane.

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Castleford v Salford 2004 a match to remember

Sunday 5th September 2004; a crucial match for both sides. Salford had been promoted at the end of the 2003 season and were desperate to survive making really strong progress under the leadership of coach Karl Harrison.

Having already won at Wheldon Road earlier in the season victory here would have a big say in the race for survival. A real thrilling contest saw Castleford winger Paul Mellor grab a hat trick of tries. Andy Coley, Malcolm Alker and a brace from Karl Fitzpatrick along with four goals from the ever reliable Chris Charles were just enough as Salford edged to victory 22-24. There were terrific scenes of celebration on the terraces at the final hooter from the travelling Salford supporters.

Despite a nail biting 6-7 victory at fellow strugglers Widnes a week later Castleford lost there final match to Wakefield and were relegated on 12 points.

Salford had done enough finishing the season on 16 points in 9th place.

Sunday’s match

After defeat at St Helens last weekend Ian Watson’s men will be looking to bounce back. Castleford didn’t play last weekend after their match at Hull KR was postponed due to the bad weather sweeping the country. The Tigers have a very useful pack and the forward battle between the two sides promises to be ferocious.

With strike players in the backs including Michael Shenton, Greg Eden and the new half back pairing of Luke Gake and Jamie Ellis Salford will need to be at their best. Another player to watch is hooker Paul McShane, very quick from dummy half and deceptively strong.

It promises to be a real entertaining encounter, safe journey and enjoy the match.

Catch my post match audio interview with Head Coach Ian Watson on this website immediately after the game.

Paul Whiteside.


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