We take a look at what’s being said and team news ahead of Friday’s two matches in the Betfred Super League…
Castleford Tigers v Wakefield Trinity (8pm, live on Sky Sports)
Willie Poching tries to focus on the positives as Wakefield heads into a crucial derby clash with Castleford on Friday night, live on sky sports.
A 13-12 loss at home to Super League leaders St Helens in golden point extra time last Sunday saw Trinity stay in the relegation zone on points difference.
Castleford Tigers v Wakefield Trinity
July 29, 2022, 7:30 p.m.
That made Friday’s showdown with their kin in the Mend-A-Hose jungle even more important, but head coach Poching saw enough on his side against the defending champions to believe they can get out of the drop zone.
“I thought we had done enough, but unfortunately we didn’t,” Poching said. “But I told the guys we could be proud of a lot of things we did, and I think we made good progress.
“We have to understand that we have that in us and achieve it. Even though the Saints scored a few tries in the second half, I thought our defensive effort was still there.”
Wakefield come into this game having beaten Castleford in their last 17 encounters and their cause has not been helped by the loss of recent signing Jorge Taufua for the rest of the season after the Tonga international full-back was snapped. the arm against St Helens.
Highlights of the Super League match between Wakefield Trinity and St Helens
Tigers head coach Lee Radford is dealing with his own injury issues. suffering from head injuries.
Radford has been forced to reshuffle several key positions in recent weeks, although he is happy with the way Cas’s players have responded to adversity as they seek a place in the play-offs.
“Injuries are growing and growing, but the group is really digging in and swimming against the tide right now,” Radford said.
“As long as we can keep doing that, we have the chance to win any game on any weekend.”
Highlights from Betfred’s Super League game between Hull FC and Castleford Tigers
Castleford Tigers: Derrell Olpherts, Jake Mamo, Bureta Faraimo, Danny Richardson, Liam Watts, Paul McShane, George Lawler, Kenny Edwards, Adam Milner, Joe Westerman, George Griffin, Mahe Fonua, Alex Sutcliffe, Daniel Smith, Greg Eden, Suaia Matagi, Brad Martin , Cain Robb, Jason Qareqare, Kieran Hudson.
Trinity of Wakefield: Jacob Miller, Mason Lino, Eddie Battye, Liam Hood, Tinirau Arona, Matty Ashurst, Jordy Crowther, Jai Whitbreak, James Batchelor, Lee Gaskell, Lee Kershaw, Jack Croft, Brad Walker, Yusuf Aydin, Lewis Murphy, Isaac Shaw, Corey Hall , Rob Butler, David Fifita, Josh Bowden, Jamie Shaul.
Toulouse Olympique vs Hull FC (18:00 UK time)
Friday’s Castleford derby will no doubt have many interested observers in the south of France too, where Wakefield’s relegation rivals Toulouse hosted Hull FC two hours earlier.
The Olympians enjoyed a three-game winning streak that helped them slip from the bottom of the table, ending with a 24-11 loss at home to the Salford Red Devils last Saturday.
The highlights of the Super League match between Toulouse and the Salford Red Devils
Head coach Sylvain Houles was frustrated with Toulouse’s poor discipline in this game, which led to them being penalized several times by referee Robert Hicks and identified this as work ahead of this game.
“You won’t win any games playing like this and we need to get back on track immediately if we have any hope of anything from the game against Hull,” Houles said.
“Sometimes a team falls flat and it’s hard to know exactly why. The immediate thing is for us to fix our discipline and work for each other again.”
Anthony Marion and Maxime Stefani return for the French side to face a Hull FC side looking to bounce back from a bruising home defeat to Castleford last week which saw them slip to eighth place on points difference.
New Hull FC signing Will Smith has told Sky Sports how his move happened so quickly and what he is looking forward to after leaving NRL club Gold Coast Titans
New signing Will Smith is set to bow out for the Black and Whites, who are without Connor Wynne and Ligi Sao through suspension, and head coach Brett Hodgson wants his side back to prosperity when under pressure in matches.
“When you’re in those scenarios, we have to understand that we have to go back to enjoying defense and gaining energy in those moments,” Hodgson said. www.huhfc.com.
“We fail too often and too easily in those moments, and we are working to remedy that. There will be moments in the match against Toulouse where we will be under pressure, and we have to use that to galvanize ourselves.”
Toulouse Olympic: Mathieu Jussaume, Paul Marcon, Corey Norman, Lucas Albert, Romain Navarrete, Harrison Hansen, Dominique Peyroux, Anthony Marion, Maxime Puech, Joseph Bretherton, Joseph Paulo, James Cunningham, Ilias Bergal, Chris Hankinson, Justin Sangare, Matty Russell, Olly Ashall -Bott, Nathan Peats, Lambert Belmas, Maxime Stefani, Tony Gigot.
FC Hull: Jake Connor, Darnell McIntosh, Luke Gale, Danny Houghton, Jordan Lane, Joe Lovodua, Kane Evans, Brad Fash, Jack Brown, Jordan Johnstone, Mitieli Vulikijapani, Jacob Hookem, Scott Taylor, Charlie Severs, Harvey Barron, Davy Litten, Matty Laidlaw , Jack Waler, Josh Simm, Ellis Longstaff, Will Smith.