Leeds Rhinos skipper Luke Gale says he’s fully aware of the threat his former club Castleford Tigers possess ahead of their Betfred Super League clash on Monday night (Leeds 1/3, draw 25/1, Castleford 11/4 – Match Betting).
The Rhinos have already secured the first piece of silverware of the season with victory in the Challenge Cup final but there is still work to be done to secure a place in the Super League playoffs.
Ahead of their meeting at Emerald Headingley Stadium, half-back Gale knows his former club Castleford would love nothing more than to cause an upset against their West Yorkshire rivals Leeds.
“Cas will be gunning for this one,” Gale told the club’s official website. “The players and fans love a derby and it is a game I am looking forward to. It’s times like this, when things are tough, that some of your best wins can come. Both teams are strong and it should be a great clash.”
Leeds (12/1 Grand Final Winner) rested a host of first-team players for their last outing as a youthful side suffered a heavy defeat at the hands of St Helens.
The Rhinos will though have to do without prop Adam Cuthbertson after he was ruled out for the remainder of the season with a fractured shoulder.
As for Castleford, head coach Daryl Powell has made several changes to his side following their victory over Hull KR last time out.
Gareth O’Brien, Liam Watts, Oliver Holmes, James Clare, Matt Cook and Tyla Hepi all return for the Tigers ahead of their short trip to Headingley.