Castleford Tigers will be looking to continue their 100 per cent start to the new Betfred Super League season when they take on Hull KR at home on Friday night (Tigers 2/11, Hull KR 5/1, Draw 25/1 – 80 Minutes Betting).
The Tigers go into the clash already on a high following the news that skipper Michael Shenton has signed a new two-year deal with his hometown club.
Whilst signing his new contract, Shenton has confirmed that, at the age of 32, the Tigers will be his last club, the centre having made over 300 appearances for them over two spells with a stint at St Helens inbetween.
“To see how the club has grown and to be part of that is one of my highlights and achievements,” Shenton said. “This is the only club for me now.”
Cas have won three out of three so far in the Betfred Super League and are 5/1 to claim the League Leaders’ Shield. They will be without back-rower Adam Milner for Friday’s game after he injured his foot against London.
The Robins go into the game without Joel Tomkins as he has been stood down ahead of his hearing to answer a charge of questioning an official’s integrity.
Fellow back-rower James Greenwood returns to the 19-man squad following concussion.
Up the road at Headingley and the Leeds Rhinos play their first home game of the season when they take on local rivals Wakefield Trinity (Leeds 4/9, Wakefield 2/1, Draw 22/1 – 80 Minutes Betting).
The Rhinos missed out last week in controversial circumstances at St Helens whilst Trinity picked up their first win with a home victory over Catalans Dragons, so a close encounter is expected.
Hooker Matt Parcell and back-rower James Donaldson return for Leeds after missing last week with head injuries but luckless forward Stevie Ward is out with a knee injury which will see him undergo surgery on Friday.
Wakefield’s giant forward Pauli Pauli could potentially make his first appearance of the season, the Australian having returned to training following a knee injury.
Odds subject to change