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STAFF Director of Rugby: Jon Wells Head Coach: Daryl Powell Assistant Coach: Danny Orr & Ryan Sheridan Head of Strength & Conditioning: Jamie Bell Head Physio: Matt Crowther Head of Youth: Darren Higgins Captain: Michael Shenton BOARD OF DIRECTORS Chairman: Ian Fulton Club President: Brian Ashworth Managing Director: Mark Grattan Directors: Richard Wright Steve Vause Dion Lowe John Duff ADMINISTRATION General Manager: Richard Pell Head of Commercial Operations: Chris Powell Commercial Manager: Craig Jeffels Accounts Manager: Pam Johnson Media & Marketing Manager: Matt Holden Ticketing Manager: Mark Gill Daily Draw Manager: Pauline Rhodes HONOURS Challenge Cup: 1934-35, 1968-69, 1969-70, 1985-86 John Player Trophy: 1976-77 Regal Trophy: 1993-94 BBC2 Floodlit Trophy: 1965-66, 1966-67, 1967-68, 1976-77 Yorkshire League Champions: 1932-33, 1938-39, 1964-6 Yorkshire Cup: 1977-78, 1981-82, 1986-87, 1990-91, 1991-92 National League 1 Grand Final Winners: 2005, 2007 National League 1 Champions: 2007 2017 League Leaders MATCH PROGRAMME Editor: Tom Maguire Contributors: Matt Holden & Sam Armstrong Photos: SWPix & Melanie Allatt Photography Magazine designed and printed by Ignition Sports Media Ltd

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MACCA IS MOTIVATE AFTER THE OPENING FOUR ROUNDS OF THE BETFRED SUPER LEAGUE, PAUL MCSHANE IS AT THE TOP OF THE STEVE PRESCOTT MAN OF STEEL LEADERBOARD AND IT’S RICHLY DESERVED AS THE TIGERS HOOKER APPEARS TO BE BACK AT HIS DANGEROUS BEST SO FAR IN 2020, HIS SIXTH SEASON WITH THE CLUB. IN THIS EDITION OF ROAR, MACCA TALKS ABOUT WHEN HE FIRST JOINED THE CLUB, BEING ONE OF THE LEADERS IN THE FIRST TEAM AND HIS DESIRE TO BE A PART OF CASTLEFORD RUGBY LEAGUE HISTORY BY WINNING A TROPHY …

In July it will have been five years since Paul McShane made the switch from local rivals Wakefield Trinity (then known as Wildcats) to join Castleford Tigers. The two sides had contrasting fortunes back then with Trinity flirting with the possibility of relegation whilst the Fords were beginning to establish themselves as a top five team. For Paul it doesn’t seem that long ago that he first came to Wheldon Road but when reminded it’s been five years, he was a little surprised. “Well it’s definitely gone quick but mainly because it’s been so enjoyable. Being with the club when they’re so welcoming, all the coaches and all the players are such great blokes to have as teammates and that as a whole brings out the best of me as a player, and I hold that in high regard.” 2015 was the start of a new-look Cas side with Ben Roberts, Junior Moors, Matt Cook, Luke Gale and Mike McMeeken coming into the club for the first time and

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all of whom went on to be key players in Daryl Powell’s system. Then during the summer Paul was added into the ranks too and what impressed him most at that time was the strong characters within the squad. “The thing that stood out to me when I first joined was the leaders within the group such as Shenny (Shenton), Millo (Millington), Adz (Milner), Oggy (Holmes) and Dorny (Luke Dorn) they were the people that pushed you to be your best. They were pushing you to do better than what you had before and helping you out in any way possible. “At the time there was Adz at nine and I had no guarantees that I would be able to break into the team. I was speaking to Daryl before the move and I just loved what he said the club was all about and he had a track record of getting the best of his players and I think he’s doing that with me.” People that speak to Macca very quickly gather that he is what you might call a ‘rugby

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nerd’, for example despite training and playing the sport as his day job he coaches Hunslet Club Parkside. He clearly adores the sport which is why it’s surprising to know that before his move to Castleford, he was falling out of love with the game. “It was a case of falling back in love with my rugby as well truth be told, I was starting to fall out of love with it before joining Cas and I didn’t know if I would continue to be a rugby league player or not. So when I came in it was all about getting back to enjoying it and everyone at the club helped me do just that. “When I was at Wakey I just wasn’t enjoying playing as much and I didn’t know what I might want to be, at the time we were struggling in a relegation battle and I was thinking a little bit about life post-rugby and when that might be. Joining Castleford, a team on the up, it made me realise again how much I wanted to be a rugby player and from then on I think I’ve grown so much and maybe that’s why I’m such a ‘rugby nerd’ now.” As a player he’s become more high profile as a Tiger too with more eyes on what hazards he can cause to the opposition on the field, that’s perhaps because he’s matured into one of the leaders in the team, so we asked him if he enjoys being one of the key senior players.

“No, it just means I’m getting old… Nah I love it, since being at Cas and seeing what the blokes I mentioned before when I came in, seeing how they were leading made me want to be like that, someone the younger lads can look up to or who they can come to ask for advice if they need it, it’s nice knowing that you’re trusted. “I think I’m a lot calmer now, when I was younger it was more about me and what I could do whereas now I’m a little bit older and there’s more responsibility being one of the older lads in the team, I’m less selfish. It probably sounds bad but as a young kid you just play rugby because you want to and you don’t think about what goes into being that sportsman such as sacrifices you have to make, and I fully realised that I think when I was about 25.” Over the course of the last two seasons Fords fans have been able to see the growth of a young, talented halfback, Jake Trueman, who has impressed despite not having a regular partner with him at scrum half. Paul has stepped up to help organize the players on the field including the youngster, something that he wants to do as one of the squad leaders. “Truey is a great kid and I’ve got a lot of time for him he’s going to be one of the very best and if I’m there to help him or take a bit of the

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Many supporters of Castleford Tigers in recent years have vented their frustration online about Paul McShane not being included within the English international squad, despite showing he can be an outstanding #9. Shaun Wane has now replaced Wayne Bennett so who knows, Paul may yet get his chance on the world stage. pressure off of him so he can play his natural game then that’s what I’m there for. That’s what leaders are for, to shoulder a bit of responsibility so that the young guns can come through and enjoy those early years.” McShane has high standards on the field as can be seen by fans in the stands by how vocal he is when things are not up to scratch, and that has been laid into the foundations set by his head coach Powell who continually strives for his players to be better. “Daryl still wants me to improve and keep getting better because he sees that there’s improvement to be had in me, I can remember on the back of the 2017 season which was maybe the best year I’d had with Cas up to that point. He sat down with me for a review and said, ‘There’s still another 20 or 30% in you to be better’. Hearing that from your coach and knowing that they believe that I can still improve, it gives you a buzz that you’ve still got to keep working hard and there should be more to come.”

It’s been a solid start for Macca in 2020 with impressive performances earning him Man of the Match nods as well as sitting top of the Man of Steel Leaderboard following the first month of the season. There is competition in every position and it’s driving players to be the best they can be to earn their starting spot. “Within the camp there is a great buzz at the start of this year, and everyone wants to be playing every week. Last year I might have shouldered a bit too much responsibility and took too much on which might have taken my focus away from parts of my game such as my running but not having two regular dominant halves meant I had to. “Now I’ve got those two halves plus a fullback that want to get their hands on the ball and all of them are confident in playing rugby, I’ve found my running game again on the back of that because I’m not worried about organizing too much, we’ve got three blokes there who are good at it and do it with tremendous confidence.”

“knowing that they believe that I can still improve, it gives you a buzz that you’ve still got to keep working hard and there should be more to come.”

“Super League is blessed with plenty of great hookers but I’m enjoying my rugby at the minute and whilst every single player wants to be an international, I think I might have lost hope a little over the last couple of years thinking it may never happen getting to 30-years old. But, this year I’m confident in what I can do on the pitch, who knows what could happen.” When you watch McShane in match action you see just how hungry he is to get a victory, how determined he is to do his best and have those players around him be at their best too, and that feeds into his desire to earn a trophy with Castleford and become a part of the club’s legacy. “Over recent years we’ve come so close but we have fallen at the important parts of the year but as a group we are incredibly driven and there is a few blokes in the team who are not going to be around for a lot longer so we’ve spoken about leaving a legacy at this club. If we can win some silverware, we will write our names in the history books of this club for many, many years to come.”

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COACH’S CORNER THE FIRST FEW WEEKS OF THE SEASON HAVE BEEN REALLY PLEASING GIVEN HOW IT WAS LOGISTICALLY TOUGH WITH TORONTO AS A BIT OF AN UNKNOWN ENTITY, BEFORE A FIVE-DAY TURNAROUND TO THE WIGAN GAME, AND THEN NEEDING TO TRAVEL TO THE SOUTH OF FRANCE. That game against the Warriors featured quite a few young guys on the bench who handled it really well such as Sam Hall making his debut. To win our first game at home was massive and I hope gave you our fans a lift, particularly after a few injuries during those opening weeks of the year. I thought that our senior players handled the early adversity very well and showcased our belief in that match. Our visit to Catalans was disappointing because we didn’t do ourselves justice, reduced training time made it difficult and put us under pressure against one of the most physical packs in the competition. Being 12-0 down from the start was tough and we never got ourselves back in it despite a couple of opportunities to do so in the second half. Losing games is all about how your respond and what we did against Wakefield showed that, especially in the second half where we controlled the game in a fantastic manner in the extremely windy conditions. We kicked the ball better, we completed sets stronger, we scored tries on the back of their illdiscipline and showed our strength in that second period of the derby game.

With three wins from four it’s a positive start and now we’re seeing some of our highquality players who were injured returning to the squad and the signs going forward are very good. This next block of games is going to be challenging with away visits to Warrington & Salford, then at home we’ve got St Helens & Leeds, these could be matches that show us where we are at. Our standards are going to have to be right at the top of our game and our players will need to be outstanding in these fixtures for us to achieve what we want to. As ever please enjoy the games and get behind our players.

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captaIn The first month of the season was always going to be a challenging one and following on from a great pre-season we felt incredibly confident heading into those opening games. We were pleased to get the win on our opening day over Toronto by staying focused on ourselves and did a tidy job over them but unfortunately on the back of that we had a few more guys out and down on numbers for the challenge of Wigan at home, but we had the belief that we could still do something. Beating Wigan with the team that we had out, with Sam Hall making his debut and other youngsters wanting to step up was truly pleasing, that one was the best win we’ve had so far this year. Things didn’t go to plan over in Catalans despite how well we prepared but it was a poor performance and I think Catalan shocked us after we had such a good start in the first two weeks. Big lessons were learnt from the match in France and I believe we showed a massive improvement against Wakefield in some tough conditions and it meant keeping our winning run against the local neighbors. The first half of the derby was a real battle and then we raised our intensity in the second half in what was probably our best 40 minutes of rugby so far in 2020. Now we want to kick on and keep driving with the focus still on ourselves and what we can build towards our top three ambitions. This coming month has games that we want to win if we’re going to be challenging at the end of the season, after a strong start we want to carry on and take advantage of the good form we’re in. Our home matches at The Jungle always have a great atmosphere and we really want to make it a fortress this year, it’s given us extra drive when you’re there making it so loud during the games against Wigan and Wakey. Our fans are such a huge part of making it an intimidating place to come and we want you all to keep coming to watch us. Enjoy the games,

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Category 3 Open Day The day offered prospective students and parents a review of the syllabus, a tour of the facilities, and a little Tigers’ taster of an activity session. The Castleford Tigers College of Rugby League Category Three Open Day took place on 12th February and included an explanation of the course syllabus and timetable from Danny Evans, an explanation of the pastoral care and support students will receive from Airedale Academy as well as a tour of the facilities, and even small taster session of the sports practical sessions led by current students to give prospective students an insight into the active side of the course. The Category Three Programme is open to boys and girls aged 16+ and can offer a pathway to university whilst letting students discover the world of rugby league and sport in general. Students will receive a fully-recognised level 3 National Extended Diploma, equivalent to 3 A-levels and during the course, can be offered the chance to progress onto Tigers’ rugby pathways and develop with the help of club coaches and facilities. 

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Over 120 young players attended the Tigers Talent Pathway coaching sessions which took place at Castleford Academy over February Half-term.

The sessions were led by Tigers’ Youth Performance staff plus qualified coaches from nearby community clubs and the Castleford Tigers Foundation, and focused on de fundamental skills and movement with a series of technical drills, before organising several smaller games to help younger players to adjust to playing alongside unfamiliar faces. Since starting up in 2015 the programme has been attended by several current First Team players, who have since gone on to make their Super League debuts, including Lewis Peachey, and Sam Hall. The programme is also the first opportunity for promising young players to showcase their talents and attitudes to coaching and development to the Castleford coaching staff. The next sessions are scheduled to take place over Easter, the week commencing 6th April. To take part, simply fill out the online registration form on the Tigers Website. Tigers Foundation partner with University Centre Leeds The new partnership covers the next two academic years and will provide the Tigers with a clear progression pathway for students on to any of the foundation degree programmes within the HE Sport, Science & Health department. Castleford Tigers will refer those who are registered and/or eligible to play for at least one of the club’s teams from first team through to scholarship, disability and learning rugby league along with mature students via the Back Onside programme, to University Centre Leeds, part of Leeds City College. Richard Keys, Head of HE at University Centre Leeds said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with Castleford Tigers to create more opportunities for students wanting to pursue a career in sport, and with a particular interest in rugby.


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Castleford Tigers Analysis Evening and A Chat With Head of Analysis Ste Mills January 14th saw the Jungle play host to “Analysis with the Tigers” evening together with Nacsport and Analysis Pro. Numerous coaches from a variety of different sports came along and were treated to an engaging and informative session led by Tigers’ Head of Analysis, Ste Mills. The evening covered various applications of analysis software, from the use of video for player training and review packages, to the use of stats-tracking in identifying potential recruitment targets for the coming offseason. Assistant Coaches Ryan Sheridan and Danny Orr were present to explain how video analysis aids their respective attack and defense coaching, as well as Josh Bryan from AnalysisPro who explained the fundamentals of video analysis and the basic features of the software. Head Coach Daryl Powell was also there to answer visitors’ questions. Ste Mills also sat down with ROAR to explain a little bit about the evening and how video analysis has been shaping the way coaches coach across all sports.

“My job as Head of Analysis is to be overseeing everything, how we run certain things etc. Since I’ve joined, I’ve put certain things in place with regards to what we do, what we use, changed everything over when I first came in.” “Danny Orr does our defence, so when we’re watching opposition, he’ll work with me on looking at opposition teams, how they’re going to attack, how we will defend that, and then delivering that to the players.” “Ryan Sheridan will do out attack, so he’s watching the opposition defence, he might ask me for a view on certain bits, and then together we come up with ways to present this to the players, it’s different really every week.”

“The evening’s about a real opening up about what we do here at Cas Tigers, showing people our processes within a week, from previewing opposition, to reviewing our own work, with a little recruitment in there as well.” “It’s a bit of a closed book really, the whole analysis process and indeed the coaching setups, so we just wanted to share a bit with our local communities, have other coaches come in etc. There’s always new developments and new bits coming out, so someone like me gets excited about that!” “When I first joined here, (video analysis) was used a little bit, analysis was kind of just breaking through, that was three years ago now, so even within three years, even here it’s come on massively. We use it in everything we do, from training, to reviewing our own game day performances, and we know have something in place where we can do our recruitment using analysis.

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Sam Hall signs full-time with Cas! At the end of February Castleford Tigers were pleased to announce that 17-year old Sam Hall had signed a contract to become a full-time player at the club for 2020 and 2021! This news comes on the back of the young Tigers making his Super League debut against Wigan Warriors on Friday, 7th February, a match where he clearly impressed as part of a down on numbers Fords side. Sam becomes the latest product of the club’s youth system to become a full-time player following in the footsteps on young First Teamers, Jacques O’Neill, Calum Tuner and Lewis Peachey. Darren Higgins the Head of Youth Performance at Castleford Tigers was delighted with the news and much like every coach that has spoken to ROAR about Hall going full-time he said these words: “He’s such a good kid.” Daryl Powell brought in the youngster for that game against the Warriors and praised the Youth Department for developing another great young Tiger. “It’s great news for ourselves, Darren Higgins and his Youth Development staff such as Tony Smith & Danny Evans who have done brilliant work to get this young man through our system. Sam’s a quality young person and player and making his debut in the circumstances he did, I think he handled it so well. He has a big future ahead of him. I’m looking forward to seeing how he further develops in our environment.” Castleford Tigers shared a video of Sam coming back into the changing room after his top-flight debut and the forward had a grin from ear-to-ear. When he sat down to discuss his news he was just as pleased. “It’s just such a great opportunity, obviously I played that Wigan game and it came about really quick and it’s just something that I’ve wanted

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since I was a kid, I’m just so happy it’s happened really. “Darren (Higgins) congratulated me and said that a lot of my hard work is paying off, Danny (Evans) and Casper (Tony Smith) they have helped me out a lot to get that chance at the Wigan game, they’re all really chuffed for me and I’m so chuffed as well.” Castleford are always on the lookout and scouting for young talent to join the club’s successful youth system and Hall is now in his fourth season with the club since being spotted a young age at a local amateur side. “Before Cas I played at Oulton Raiders, played with Rocky’s Giants, I was there since I was three and up until I was fourteen that was my club until I signed with Castleford. I’ve always been a big kid, so I’ve always been a forward.”

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“I started on the Tigers Scholarship at fourteen and did my two years there before moving up into the Under 19’s last year but that’s now changed to the Under 18’s and Reserves this year but I’ve been with the club for three years and working on my development. I got such a huge opportunity to play in the First Team this year and I feel that it went really well. “I’m still going to be playing in the Reserves this year as well as the 18’s which means I’m getting the best of both worlds. Elite coaching from the First Team but still with my mates within the Reserves and the Academy.” The Mend-A-Hose Jungle often provides a special atmosphere but the first home game of the season was always going to be electric against Wigan. Club captain Michael Shenton was full of praise for


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After making such a splash so young more eyes will be on the 17-year-old going forward but he’s not too worried about feeling pressure and he knows he’s still got plenty of work to do if he wants to become a fully-fledged First Team Tiger. “I didn’t expect it with it all coming around so quick to make my Super League debut but there’s not that much pressure because I’ve still got a lot of progression and I know I’ve still got a long way to go to get into that team week in and week out. Training with the senior players presents ways of seeing where I’m going really.” Games against Bradford and Widnes in the pre-season also allowed Hall to take another step up and gave him a little taste of what to expect when he came on in the match on February 7th.

the fans following the fixture but he also paid credit to the youngsters like Sam who wanted to step up. Coming off the bench at the hour mark rested those pre-match nerves for Hall. “Yeah, I was really nervous, obviously it’s such a big step up in physicality and the skill of the players. I only played one year at Academy last year so stepping from there to First Team is a whole different level, so I was very nervous. But I got through it with a lot of the First Team players on hand to help me through and I really enjoyed it. “As soon as I got on that pitch all those nerves went away. You want to come on and make an impact and having the senior players on the field made it so much easier, like Macca (Paul McShane), as soon as I ran onto the field he made me take the first carry and it got me

straight involved into the game. As soon as you take that first hit, I immediately felt a little bit more at ease.” Having the Reserves competition back in 2020 presents perfect opportunities for young players and allows them to learn the same play systems and styles that the First Team use. “A lot of the plays we work on they feed through all our teams, so me being here for a number of years has helped me feel like I could naturally slot into the team when you’re in the game.” “With Reserves it’s another step up in physicality and we may have First Team players come to play with us and presents a good steppingstone. I want try and push to get more First Team games and get more and more accustomed to that level of physicality.”

“I never actually expected those games to prepare me well for Super League this year, but they put me in good stead and obviously coming off the bench like I did against Wigan made it feel more natural too.” Going full-time means Sam has agreed to commit to working hard at his rugby and he will have to make sacrifices not many people around his age will have to make, but he’s steadfast with his longterm aim. “I’ve always wanted to become a professional rugby league player, both my brothers played, my grandad played and it’s just something that I think from the age of three that I wanted to do. When you know you want to do it, you have to do it and when the opportunity came up, I couldn’t turn it down really.” Congratulations Sammy, we look forward to seeing you rip it up in our Under 18’s and Reserves set up!

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Tigresses Yorkshire Dales preseason adventure! IN EARLY FEBRUARY THE TIGRESSES HEADED DEEP INTO ‘GOD’S OWN COUNTRY’ FOR THEIR THIRD ANNUAL TRAINING WEEKEND. THE TWO DAYS WERE JAM PACKED WITH ACTIVITIES TO HELP PLAYERS OLD AND NEW BOND AHEAD OF THE 2020 SUPER LEAGUE SEASON. The team arrived at the remote location late on a Friday evening, with the only phone signal being on top of a steep hill surrounded by sheep! This made communicating to the outside world during the weekend near impossible, making it a great opportunity to spend time with teammates. Assistant coach Callum Windley explained what the next few days would entail for the Tigresses: “There’s going to be a lot of team bonding this weekend, a lot of working together and problem solving and also a bit of fitness thrown in there as well as some skills.”

“I think personally it helps bring the team cohesion together, and like the past, we are all about the team and its not a 1-17 game it’s a 1-30 game, we’ve got some young girls who are new to the squad so it’s important for them to mix with the older ones.” Said new signings include Sophie Todd an experienced rugby union player convert, as well as youngster Jasmine Bell, both are excited to showcase their talents in this already exciting and experienced squad, who are looking to add more silverware this season. Windley also touched on his ambitions

for the new season which is right around the corner: “We just need to continue on what we were doing last year, keep building on it, keep challenging at the top and that’s where we want to be”. The weekend also saw #CasGirls-turncooks as each meal was prepared by a different set of Tigresses, to help with team cohesion and bonding as well as seeing who the budding chefs in the camp were, each meal was graded on taste and value for money, as the team enjoyed everything from spaghetti carbonara to fajitas. Not being able to check social media didn’t seem to faze the Tigresses as girls were right at home in the games room. Where it seemed that no one could beat Kelsey Gentles or Sinead Peach at a game of table tennis. As well as this, the girls were showing that rugby was not their only shared passion as the old and new girls mixed whilst playing table football! On Saturday morning the squad were up bright and early before sunset, ready and raring to go to complete their first challenge of the day: The team where split into two groups and had to collect a variety of objects from different locations including a tyre and rugby balls, the winning team were the first to make it up a hill where Head Coach Lindsay Anfield alongside Assistant Coach Maz Colley where waiting. Winger Kelsey Gentles summed up her emotions after completing the early morning run and the toughest moments

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for the team: “Definitely going up that hill! It’s so steep, everyone was tired and getting cramp, it’s really early in the morning. It’s not so bad coming down as it is getting up!”

which was filled with plenty of skills and drills and culminating in a structured game, which had a particular emphasis on team attack and defence tactics.

“I think its important that we come on this team bonding weekend because we get a lot of new additions to the team and it’s important that they integrate into the squad as well as, those who have been here for a while just keep getting that support back and getting that team building, going into the season when things get hard, we have that real team cohesion”

In the afternoon it was time for the Tiger Olympics! With the girls split into their four themed groups with each group being tasked to dress as either princesses, doctors, animals or grannies. The team had a great time playing football as well as team obstacle courses. Followed by an hour challenge which involved getting members of public to sing Sweet Caroline and forming a human triangle.

The whole squad regrouped back at the lodge to have breakfast and then it was time for a two-hour scenic training session with a picturesque view. However, there was no time to admire the surroundings as Lindsay and her team put the girls through their paces in a high intensity training session

Sammy Watts elaborates: “We’ve been in the river; we’ve been taking selfies with sheep. We have been moving round in groups, but the groups have changed quite frequently so it makes sure everyone’s working with everyone which helps create a team bond”.

After dinner The Tigresses were quizzed on their Super League knowledge as well as facts about teammates to end what had been a busy but memorable day. Storm Ciara arrived in the UK on Sunday morning making the Dales heavily flooded meaning the weekend had to be cut slightly short. However, despite the weather it was a fantastic trip enjoyed by players and coaches with plenty of smiles all round. The Tigresses would like to say a massive thank you to the Castleford Tigers Supporters Club for funding the weekend, it was a fantastic few days which really helped the girls gear up for the new season which kicks off on the 29th March away at St Helens. Last season the women’s team reached both the Challenge Cup Final and the Super League Grand Final unfortunately just missing out on both occasions. But Anfield’s side won the League Leaders shield in convincing fashion losing just one of their fourteen league matches The Tigresses first home game is on the 19th April against West Yorkshire rivals Bradford Bulls. Season ticket holders can attend all home games for free and are encouraged to get down to The Mend-A-Hose Jungle to support the women’s team in their 2020 campaign.

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Long-time Tiger Junior Moors returns for a 6th season after being sidelined by injury for a large portion of 2019, however after a long season of rehab, Moors has bounced back and took to the field for the first time in nearly nine months in the Tigers’ victory over Wigan in early February. Now, he sits down to reflect on the Tigers’ start to the season, what it’s like to mentor some of the younger players featuring in the squad, and whether the Tigers can replicate the success of his own favourite football club! SO JUNIOR, YOU RETURNED TO THE FIELD FOR THE WIN OVER WIGAN, SUM UP YOUR EMOTIONS AND HOW IT FELT FOR YOU. It’s hard to put into words really, going through such a traumatic injury was pretty tough. There were some dark times where I was laid up in a bed for a long long time, so just to get up, and get running was a milestone in itself, and then to join the boys in training and then finally get on the field was pretty emotional. EIGHT AND HALF THOUSAND IN THE STANDS FOR THE GAME AGAINST THE WARRIORS, WHAT WAS IT LIKE TO BE BACK IN FRONT OF THE JUNGLE CROWD? Yeah, it’s always great to play in front of everyone here at the Jungle. We always

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Phwoar, yeah! I don’t want to jinx them as they’re going really well, I’ve seen them let slip a pretty big lead a couple of years ago, so I don’t want to say anything too early, but they’re going well! get such a great crowd, they’re always so passionate, which is great. Yeah, to get a reaction from the crowd when I got on was pretty special, so yeah, just for me it was pretty special just to get back on the field. YOU SUFFERED THROUGH A FEW INJURIES LAST SEASON, FIRST YOUR KNEE, AND THEN FRACTURING YOUR HIP, WHAT’S THE RECOVERY BEEN LIKE? Ah, it’s been tough, I think it’s just been me and Matty (Head Physio Matty Crowther) for a long, long time now. So lots of rehab, lots of stuff like that, pretty boring stuff. But I just took it one step at a time, to be fair, I didn’t think I’d be playing this early, but a few things just fell into place, the hip was feeling really good and the knee was coming along well too so it’s just good to get out there.

YOU’VE BEEN AT CAS NOW FOR A FEW SEASONS, HOW DOES YOUR OLDER HEAD HELP SOME OF THE YOUNGER PLAYERS GEL IN THE SQUAD? Well yeah, for me it’s just getting into it, because we’ve a fair few young guys, some like young Sammy Hall debuted earlier in the month, did really well, he’s a special kid. For me, just remembering the time when I first came into the league, just telling them to really enjoy it, embrace it, it goes really quickly! But yeah, it’s been good getting amongst the young fellas.

SO, WITH THE INJURY, HOW DIFFERENT WAS YOUR PRE-SEASON COMPARED TO THE REST OF THE SQUAD? Well yeah, I didn’t really train with the boys at all throughout the whole preseason. I got in and amongst the boys probably in the last week and a half before Wigan, so it’s good again to be in and around the boys but I’ve been here a couple of years now, so the gameplan has sort of been instilled in me, so it’s easy to just get back into the flow with the boys. AFTER THE FIRST FEW ROUNDS, CAS HAVE MANAGED A COUPLE OF IMPRESSIVE WINS, WHAT DOES THIS SAY ABOUT THE SQUAD? It’s always good to get a few wins early on the board, doesn’t matter how you get them, as long as you get them! So now it’s just about us fixing all the little things that we need to get right, moving on into the middle of the season, I’d say it’s a good feeling around the camp. THE TIGERS AREN’T ONE OF THE ONLY TEAMS LOOKING TOWARDS THE TOP OF THE TABLE, TELL US ABOUT WHAT YOU’VE MADE OF YOUR BELOVED LIVERPOOL FC’S FORTUNES SO FAR THIS SEASON! www.castlefordtigers.com March 2020

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JON WELLS

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Hello everyone, Another month has gone by and it’s fair to say February has been a good one for us here at Castleford Tigers. To be sat here writing these notes on the back of four wins from our opening five matches at the start of the Betfred Super League season represents a really strong return for the club. We’d definitely have taken that before a ball was kicked in anger, particularly with some of the tricky ties we’ve had, some short turnarounds and travel, plus the absence of several key players at various stages. Hopefully we’ve turned a corner on the injury front and we’re now back to a position of having plenty of players available. That’s testament to the hard work that’s gone on by the physiotherapy and strength and conditioning departments in recent weeks, but also due to player durability forming a key part of our recruitment decisions over the past two years. It’s a squad game now and you need that strength in depth to get through what is a long and arduous season. So, four wins from five in February and we’re now into our next block of games in March, which I think it’s safe to say will be a step up for us on paper with the likes of Warrington, St Helens, Salford and Leeds to come. We’ve laid a very good benchmark for ourselves in February and we should be very confident about the challenges that lie ahead, but we’re under no illusions that we’ll have to be very good this month to maintain our momentum. A final word from me in terms of congratulations to a few individuals within our ranks. Firstly to our head coach Daryl Powell on registering his 300th win as a coach in our victory over Hull KR. That really is a remarkable demonstration of his ability and longevity within the game, and it’s come at a win percentage of around 65 per cent - a tremendous accomplishment for Daryl personally. He really is a huge asset to our great club. And my congratulations to Jordan Rankin and his partner Chloe who have this month become parents for the first time. Lastly, thank you to you all for your continued noise and passion for the Tigers. See you all down the lane on 15th March when the Saints come to town.

Jon

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SUNDAY RUGBY RETURNS! Sunday rugby returns to the Mend-A-Hose Jungle for the club’s next home game against St Helens. The Tigers take on the Betfred Super League’s defending champions on Sunday, 15th March (3.30pm) and tickets are on sale in store at the Tigers Den in Carlton Lanes and the Castleford Tigers Sports Super Store in Xscape Yorkshire, as well as online at www.castlefordtigers.com/tickets As well as the option of buying a ticket online and either collecting on the day or paying for delivery, fans can now take advantage of the new e-ticket at the checkout. Simply select this choice from the drop-down menu and you’ll be provided with a unique QR code. Either print this at home or scan on your phone at the turnstiles on matchday. MATCH TICKETS: Adults: £22 | Junior: £14 | Concessions (over 60s): £14 | Student (with valid student ID): £14

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Wednesday evenings we are continuing to welcome participants down for the Rugby League Cares programme “Back Onside”. Run by Foundation coaches with help from former professional players, the programme aims to get men back into physical activity and transitioning towards a healthier lifestyle. The programme operates in 10-week cohorts throughout the year and is predominantly aimed at men aged 35-64. Those interested in signing up should contact Neil Barnaby via neil@castigerscom.

FIRSTAID4SPORT BECOME NEW CLUB SPONSOR Castleford Tigers and FirstAid4Sport have agreed a upon a deal in which FirstAid4Sport become the club’s official medical supplier for the 2020 season! As well as supplying the club FirstAid4Sport will also be sponsoring the Tigers’ physio team Karl Blenkin and Matt Crowther. FirstAid4Sport are proud to working alongside the Tigers due to the club having such similar values with Business Development Manager at FirstAid4Sport Catherine Gray commenting on the deal saying; “Castleford Tigers are an incredible club that hold similar values to us at Firstaid4sport, values such as community, respect and passion. We are incredibly proud to become the Tigers Official sports Medical Supplier for the 2020 season, as well as sponsoring Head Physio Matt Crowther and First Team Physio Karl Blenkin. “With our products and the knowledge of the Tigers medical team it means we can help in the prevention of injuries and assist in player recovery which is vital to any club’s success. Super League is entering into a new era and being able to support the club in this way is really exciting for all of us at Firstaid4sport. It’s going to be an exciting season on and off the pitch.”

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The match was played in front of a sold-out crowd at Emerald Headingley Stadium with the Tigers overcoming the absence of several senior players to register a comfortable win in front of the Sky Sports cameras. Toronto included ex-All Blacks star Sonny Bill Williams in their line up for the first time, the forward coming on as a substitute midway through a first half that the Canadian side began brightly in their first match in the top flight following promotion at the end of last season. The Wolfpack took an early lead as winger Liam Kay opened the scoring in the fourth minute but the rest of the half largely belonged to the Tigers who looked back to their fluent best with ball in hand. Greg Eden responded almost immediately to give Cas the lead as he picked up a loose ball inside his own 20 and showed his pace by racing up the touchline for a superb winger’s try, Danny Richardson converting from in front of the posts. Daryl Powell was forced to further shuffle his pack midway through the first half when a clash of heads between Adam Milner and George Griffin forced both players from the field for concussion assessments. However, the Fords reorganised superbly, Grant Millington moving out to the left edge to cover the gap in the back row and the forward was the next man to score after Daniel Smith’s offload had sent Jake Trueman into a gap. His quick-playthe-ball then gave Richardson time to organise the next play and he sent Millington through a gap out wide.

Cas were looking fluent in attack by this stage and the third and fourth tries came in quick succession before half-time. Milner was the next over within a minute of re-entering the field after passing his concussion assessment as he pounced on Jordan Rankin’s grubber following another arching break from Richardson down the right. Rankin then got his second assist of the afternoon two minutes later when he put Michael Shenton through a hole in the Wolfpack defence for the captain’s 150th try in Cas colours following strong buildup play from Paul McShane and Trueman. Richardson then notched a penalty on the stroke of half time to register his third goal of the half to put Powell’s men in a commanding position with a 22-4 lead following a strong opening 40 minutes. The Fords started the second half much more brightly than they had the first and almost registered another score when Cheyse Blair hit a short ball from Richardson only to be held up over the line. Cas persevered though and tried a similar play two tackles later and this time Mata’utia burst through the tacklers for another try. Cas continued to pile on the pressure as Trueman took a great offload from Hepi and burst through the middle but his ambitious pass back on the inside to Nathan Massey was called forward as the chance came and went before Toronto showed their fighting spirit as Hakim Miloudi intercepted a pass from Rankin to get one back against the run of play. In truth, the intensity petered out as the game wore on with Powell’s men struggling to maintain their fluency as several players were forced into positional changes, with Richardson pulling an attempted drop goal wide as Cas remained content to close things out.

Toronto Wolfpack Wallace, Kay, Miloudi, Leutele, Russell, Mellor, McCrone, Sidlow, Ackers, Mullally, Dixon, Olbison, Wilkin. Interchange: Springer, Singleton, Cunningham, Williams. Tries: Kay, Miloudi. Conversions: Wallace (1/2)

Castleford Tigers Rankin, Olpherts, Mata’utia, Shenton, Eden, Trueman, Richardson, Watts, McShane, Millington, Griffin, Blair, Milner. Interchange: Massey, Smith, O’Neill, Hepi. Tries: Eden, Millington, Milner, Shenton, Mata’utia. Conversions: Richardson (3/5). Penalty: Richardson (1/1)

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CASTLEFORD TIGERS 16-12 WIGAN WARRIORS

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astleford defeated Wigan Warriors 16-12 following a superb performance at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle.

The boot of Danny Richardson proved the difference in the second round of the Betfred Super League as his two second half penalties gave the Tigers a vital cushion that proved enough despite a late try from Wigan’s Joe Burgess. A well-deserved victory was made all the sweeter given the absence of several first team players for the Tigers with Adam Milner, George Griffin, Tyla Hepi and Greg Eden all added to an extensive injury list following last week’s win over Toronto, with young forward Lewis Peachey named on the bench and academy prop Sam Hall coming on as a second-half substitute for his first team debut. After an early arm wrestle that saw both sides compete at a frenetic pace in the first quarter, Cas took the lead in the 18th minute after a penalty gave them a rare attacking set. Richardson went close after a strong run before the ball was worked to the right in a powerplay move on the last, Derrell Olpherts the man to touch down after good hands inside. Richardson converted from the sideline to make it 6-0 but couldn’t repeat the feat 10 minutes before half-time when Cheyse Blair powered through two defenders on the right edge to grab the Tigers’ second try of the night. Wigan hit back when Liam Byrne broke a tackle for a close range effort, converted by Zak Hardaker, but a Richardson penalty on the stroke of half-time saw Daryl Powell’s men enter the sheds with a 12-6 advantage after a short kick-off had seen Junior Moors regather

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the ball on his return to action from a ninemonth lay-off with a broken hip. With an inexperienced bench apart from Moors, the Tigers had been led by a big effort from their more experience forwards in the opening 40 minutes, complemented by the busy Jacques O’Neill when he entered the field, and the second half started began in much the same fashion with relentless intensity from both teams. Cas had a couple of half chances before a great break and grubber from Bevan French sparked a run of three attacking sets for the Warriors that the Fords did well to survive, with their reward coming a few minutes later when two quickfire penalties were converted by Richardson to make it a two-score lead at 16-6 at the start of the final quarter. Powell was then forced into a reshuffle with Jake Trueman leaving the field and Paul McShane switching to the halves as Wigan came on strong. A break from Liam Farrell look to be the visitors’ chance to pile on the pressure but excellent patience from Jordan Rankin in defending a two on one gave Richardson the opportunity to track back and force a crucial error with six minutes left on the clock. Farrell was then penalised for obstruction as Wigan pushed again but excellent game management from Richardson in the latter stages as he repeatedly found the sideline with several low kicks allowed the Tigers to tick down the clock. Burgess did grab a late try in the corner with three seconds remaining but Cas defended the play from the kick-off to hold on for a vital win.

Castleford Tigers Rankin, Olpherts, Blair, Shenton, Clare, Trueman, Richardson, Watts, McShane, Smith, Holmes, Millington, Massey. Interchange: Moors, O’Neill, Peachey, Hall Tries: Olpherts, Blair. Conversions: Richardson (1/1). Penalty: Richardson (3/3)

Wigan Warriors French, Marshall, Hardaker, Bibby, Burgess, Smith, Hastings, Clubb, Leuluai, Partington, Isa, Farrell, O’Loughlin. Interchange: Byrne, Havard, Shorrocks, Smithies Tries: Byrne, Burgess. Conversions: Hardaker (2/2) ATTENDANCE: 8,848


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CATALANS DRAGONS 36-18 CASTLEFORD TIGERS

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astleford suffered their first defeat of the season, going down 36-18 to Catalans in Perpignan.

The Tigers travelled to the south of France looking for a third consecutive win to start their Betfred Super League campaign but were never at their best at the Stade Gilbert Brutus as the home side picked up their first points of year thanks largely to a hat-trick from Sam Tomkins. It took Catalans’ full back just two minutes to open the scoring as he sliced through out wide before Israel Folau made it a dream start for his new team when the Dragons’ star signing plucked a high kick out of the air to hand the home side a 12-0 advantage just seven minutes into his debut. Cas – boosted by the returns of Mike McMeeken, George Griffin and Tyla Hepi but still missing several players against their near full-strength hosts – responded with a superb try by Derrell Olpherts minutes after his centre partner Cheyse Blair had been held up just short as the Fords went close in their first attacking set. From there, Catalans had marched downfield in search of their third try but Danny Richardson defused a kick on the last tackle and some sharp thinking from the resulting quick 20-metre restart opened the space for Olpherts to race 80 minutes to get his side back in the contest, Richardson converting from under the sticks. However, the Tigers were unable to keep much of a foothold in the contest and Catalans continued to enjoy the better of the possession and field position, ex-State of Origin half back James Maloney increasing the lead to 20-6 by knocking over a penalty goal and converting his side’s third score of the night through Samisoni Langi. Cas did manage another important response on the stroke of half-time and Blair was the man to get the try to continue his excellent

start to the campaign with a strong run and finish on the right flank, Richardson again tagging on the extra two from out wide to keep his side just about in the contest following an opening 40 minutes largely dominated by the home side. That domination had come on the back of a heavy penalty count against the Tigers in the first half and more indiscipline from Cas proved costly as the game effectively slipped away from them in the third quarter. Arguably needing to be the first to score after the break, a penalty against Michael Shenton for blocking a Folau challenge for another high ball instead provided the platform for Tomkins to cross for his second of the night to give the Fords a mountain to climb with half an hour left on the clock. The task became even more difficult when Olpherts was sin-binned for obstructing the Dragons full back as he looked for a quick 20-metre tap of his own with further punishment coming as the hosts made full advantage of their extra man to send Yaha over in the corner for a try that all but sealed the win. Cas did briefly threaten a late rally when a moment of magic from Richardson reduced the arrears to just 12 points with 10 minutes remaining, the half back dummying a kick on half way before slicing through a gap and sending James Clare over for a try with a pin-point long pass out to the left wing. Richardson’s conversion cut the deficit to 3018 but they needed another quick score and the momentum was lost on the following set when Liam Watts was unable to gather in a pass that would have put him through a gap in midfield. Tomkins then dragged a drop goal attempt wide as he searched for a three-score cushion late on but it didn’t matter as he waltzed through a gap in the Tigers defence with two minutes remaining to secure the spoils and complete his hat-trick.

Catalans Dragons S Tomkins, Tierney, Langi. Folau, Yaha, Maloney, Drinkwater, Casty, McIlorum, Bousquet, Whitley, J Tomkins, Garcia. Interchange: Jullien, Maria, Baitieri, Kasiano Tries: S Tomkins (3), Folau, Langi, Yaha. Conversions: Maloney (5/6). Penalties: Maloney (1/1)

Castleford Tigers Rankin, Olpherts, Blair, Shenton, Clare, Trueman, Richardson, Watts, McShane, Griffin, Holmes, Millington, Massey. Interchange: McMeeken, Smith, O’Neill, Hepi. Tries: Olpherts, Blair, Clare. Conversions: Richardson (3/3) Sin Bin: Olpherts ATTENDANCE: 8,886

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dominant second half performance saw Castleford Tigers defeat Wakefield 32-15 at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle.

The two rivals clashed for the Adam Watene Trophy and battled out an evenly contested first half before the Tigers took control after the break to make it three wins from four at the start of the Betfred Super League season. The Tigers welcomed back Peter Mata’utia from suspension as Cheyse Blair switched to the second row and they started brightly with an opportunity to open the scoring inside five minutes until Jake Trueman’s attempted kick wide was snaffled in good field position. From there, the visitors countered and a one-on-one ball steal on Jordan Rankin gave Wakefield the territory to strike as Joe Westerman found a gap, another former Tiger in Ryan Hampshire converting to make it 6-0. A second repeat set for Trinity resulted in a penalty that Hampshire duly converted to stretch the early advantage after 11 minutes, but the Tigers hit back almost immediately with two quickfire tries. It came as no surprise that they came down Cas’ prolific right edge as Blair and Derrell Olpherts both touched down for the third consecutive match, the first from Paul McShane’s delicate grubber from dummy half before Olpherts dived over in the corner after great work from Danny Richardson. Wakefield responded as Tom Johnstone finished acrobatically inside the corner flag to restore Trinity’s lead at 12-10 as the game approached the half-hour mark but Tigers winger James Clare replied in kind down his side’s left edge after Rankin’s lovely cut-out pass gave him a walk-in try. Richardson missed his second difficult conversion of the game but the Fords were narrowly in front until a Trinity penalty three minutes before half-time squared things up, Jacob Miller then dropping a goal on the hooter to give Wakefield a 15-14 advantage following a frenetic opening 40 minutes. That proved to be as good as it got for the away side as Cas took full control of proceedings when play restarted. The message from both coaches will have been to improve discipline at the break with the majority of points coming on the back of penalties conceded, but it was instead a brilliant piece of play from Rankin after the restart that created the first repeat set as the full back chased a pin-point Richardson up-and-under to regather for his side before it was worked wide on the last for Clare to force a drop out with a well-judged kick.

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Clare then reaped the rewards as the pivots again went to the left with Michael Shenton finding a lovely offload to give his winger the chance to dive over out wide, the video referee giving the green light. Richardson couldn’t find the target with the conversion into the teeth of the wind but he did slot over a penalty two minutes later after James Batchelor was sin-binned for blocking the run of Oliver Holmes as he chased another McShane kick into the in-goal. With a man advantage, Cas piled on the pressure and a Clare break through the heart of the Wakefield defence laid the platform for his side’s fifth try of the evening. Again, the Tigers went to the boot on the last and Trueman’s kick this time ricocheted perfectly for Holmes to gather and touch down under the posts on his 200th appearance for the club, Richardson’s goal taking the gap out to 26-15. Olpherts then got the last try of the night as the Fords continued to capitalise on their greater numbers, the winger bagging his second after a superb flick offload from Mata’utia. Batchelor then returned to the field but Wakefield promptly lost another man to the bin when Romain Navarrete was yellow carded. The visitors did manage to stem the tide this time but Cas’ job was done and they rounded off the scoring with another Richardson penalty to retain the Adam Watene Trophy and win their 14th consecutive match against their rivals.

Castleford Tigers Rankin, Olpherts, Mata’utia, Shenton, Clare, Trueman, Richardson, Watts, McShane, Griffin, Holmes, Blair, Massey. Interchange: Millington, McMeeken, Smith O’Neill Tries: Clare (2), Olpherts (2), Blair, Holmes. Conversions: Richardson (2/6). Penalty: Richardson (2/2)

Wakefield Trinity Jowitt, Tupou, Lyne, Arundel, Johnstone, Miller, Hampshire, Kopczak, K Wood, Tanginoa, Pitts, Ashurst, Westerman. Interchange: Batchelor, Tangata, J Wood, Navarrete Tries: Westerman, Johnstone. Conversions: Hampshire (1/2). Penalty: Hampshire (2/2). Drop Goal: Miller, Navarrete Sin Bin: Batchelor ATTENDANCE: 7,202


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WARRINGTON WOLVES BLAKE AUSTIN CASTLEFORD TIGERS FIRST MATCH OF MARCH IS AN AWAY TRIP TO THE HALLIWELL JONES STADIUM TO TAKE ON THE 2019 CHALLENGE CUP HOLDERS WARRINGTON WOLVES ON FRIDAY, 6TH MARCH. Steve Price earned his first trophy as Warrington’s Head Coach at Wembley at the end of August last year with a memorable match which saw the Wolves beat hot favorites St Helens, however league success is on the agenda for them now. Time for that old classic cliché… could it finally be their year in 2020? Well the high profile signing of halfback Gareth Widdop has given them another star man to add into their ranks alongside Blake Austin they could prove to be the competition’s deadliest six and seven. The England international missed the opening weeks of the season due to injury but was back in for their third match of the year away at Wakefield, which they surprisingly lost.

Encounters between Castleford and Warrington in recent years have often been exciting and this one looks set to be another cracker with four of the best halves in Super League set to feature. Add into that match ups such as McShane vs Clark at hooker and their big pack against the Fords’, it has all the makings of an early season belter. Daryl Powell masterminded a crucial victory away at Warrington last September to keep Cas in the playoffs hunt and ending the Wolves’ season on their own home turf. Another high-quality performance will be needed for a similar result.

He came in last year to join the Wolves with a lot of hype and expectation and for the most part he lived up to it, on his day he can be hazardous to opposing defenders and with star signing Gareth Widdop in tow alongside him Austin should thrive again this season.

DARYL CLARK Super League is truly blessed with great hookers and Daryl Clark remains one of the best, his performances often lay the groundwork on which the Wire build their successful plays on. After finally tasting trophy success last season you can be sure that Clark will be hungry for more with the Wolves.

BEN MURDOCH-MASILA The big man made an impact in the first match of Super League 2020 with a powerful try by running over high profile transfer George Burgess, talk about making an impact! But truth be told he’s been doing that for a number of years now and is probably the best forward in the Wire’s ranks.

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JONNY LOMAX THE TIGERS FIRST HOME MATCH IN MARCH WILL SEE THE 2019 SUPER LEAGUE CHAMPIONS ST HELENS VISIT THE MEND-A-HOSE JUNGLE ON SUNDAY, 15TH MARCH KICKING OFF AT 3.30PM 16 points clear at the top of the table, Grand Final winners and a brilliant style of rugby league – how do Saints top their brilliant year in 2019? That’s the task of the new Head Coach Kristian Woolf who replaced the departing Justin Holbrook who joined Gold Coast Titans. It’s not been a perfect start to the season for them, but St Helens still pose a very strong threat to the rest of the competition and look to be the team to beat. The men in the red V put up a fantastic effort in the World Club Challenge but ultimately fell short against the Sydney Roosters in their bid to become the very best club side in the world, however what was perhaps more damaging to them was the result two weeks earlier at

Warrington losing 19-0. It’s very un-Saints-like to be scoreless so is there a potential chip in their armour this year? Saints have not recruited in the offseason but will continue to look to their youth system which has brought through a wealth of great talent, if they keep a lot of their star men fit they should be one of the top sides at the end of this season once again. This match will be an interesting one for the Castleford Tigers’ #7, Danny Richardson, who will face off against his former club for the first time. Danny joined Daryl Powell’s side in the off-season and in the opening rounds has shown what a talent he is and you would expect him to be at his very best on Sunday, 15th March.

Despite winning the 2019 Man of Steel Jackson Hastings believed that Jonny Lomax was actually the best player in Super League and it’s clear to see why, he is a star player for Saints that is at the heart of what they do creatively in attack and he’s consistently excellent.

REGAN GRACE The Welsh winger is like a lightning bolt on the pitch he can go the full length of the field in a flash and can finish from the tightest of angles, with Tommy Makinson on the other wing he’s learning how to become one of the best finishers in the sport.

LUKE THOMPSON Arguably the best prop in the world at the moment as has been reflected by him scoring for Saints in the World Club Challenge and him moving to pastures new at the end of 2020. Thompson will be a Canterbury Bulldogs player next season after highly impressive performances for St Helens over the past few years.

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SALFORD RED DEVILS NIALL EVALDS

THE TIGERS TAKE A TRIP TO THE AJ BELL STADIUM ON THE 20TH MARCH IN SEARCH OF A VICTORY FOR THEIR 5TH AWAY GAME OF THE SEASON, AS THEY FACE 2019 GRAND FINALISTS SALFORD. The Red Devils stunned Super League last year as they defied all expectations in a run to the Grand Final, before being edged out by St Helens at Old Trafford in October.

before falling in their final two games of February, losing out 12-10 to an impressive Giants’ side and 22-8 to Leeds.

Jackson Hastings played an instrumental part in Salford’s success, He was awarded Man of Steel for the 2019 season for his efforts in scoring 8 tries and providing 36 assists, as well as being named in the Super League Dream Team. The Red Devils have had to adjust life without the halfback this season as he moved on to Wigan.

When it comes to off season transitions, the Red Devils have had to rework some of their side, and made a total of 12 signings including notable additions Dan Sarginson from Wigan and Pauli Pauli from Trinity. But ex-Reds Derrell Olpherts and George Griffin have made the switch to the black and amber and have impressed in their first few games as Tigers.

Before the 2019 season Salford had often found themselves battling at the wrong end of the table, and Ian Watson’s side must have feared more of the same after opening their campaign with a 48-8 loss in a rematch of the Grand Final against St Helens. However they bounced back and picked up their first 2 points against Super League newcomers Toronto, running winning out 24-16,

Overall, Cas and Salford met three times in the league last season. The Tigers took the two points in the first meeting, a tight 24-20 affair at The Jungle. The next meeting took place in Merseyside for the Magic Weekend where the Tigers suffered a 26-16 loss. The AJ Bell was also where the Tigers saw their 2019 Super League season end after losing in the quarter finals of the competition, 22-0.

The full back has now racked up over a 100 tries for the Red Devils and has the impressive lateral speed to finish any chance. Tigers fans won’t need reminding of his defensive capabilities either, his sweeping cover tackle on Jordan Rankin in last season’s quarter final keeping the Tigers off the board. The Red Devils’ number one has made a strong start to 2020 and will be looking to carry his impressive form further into the season.

DAN SARGINSON The Australian made the move to Salford after a second spell with Wigan Warriors. The centre has been a stand out player from an early age, being nominated for Super League young player of the year in 2014 but lost out to Tigers Daryl Clark. Nonetheless, Sarginson is no stranger to Grand Final success after two Old Trafford victories during his time at Wigan and will be hoping to make his mark this season for the Red Devils.

RHYS WILLIAMS Drawing comparisons with Mo Salah, Williams has seen himself catapulted into the limelight after ‘that try’ in Round 3 against Toronto. The Welsh international made the move to Manchester this season after 5 prolific years with London Broncos and is a threat to go the distance from anywhere on the field.

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THREE TO WATCH

LEEDS RHINOS KONRAD HURRELL

THE TIGERS TAKE ON FIERCE LOCAL RIVALS LEEDS RHINOS, IN WHAT SHOULD BE AN ENTHRALLING ENCOUNTER AT THE MENDA-HOSE JUNGLE ON THE 26THOF APRIL TO KICK OFF ROUND 9 OF SUPER LEAGUE. After a shaky start to their 2020 campaign, losing 30-4 to Hull FC, the Rhinos have bounced back with a sizeable 52-10 win against the Robins and went on to beat Salford at the AJ Bell 22-8 before having their game against Huddersfield Giants postponed due to Storm Ciara. The Rhinos made five signings before the start of the 2020 season including former Tiger Luke Gale, who spent 5 seasons at Castleford before moving to his hometown club. Leeds also signed Giants duo Alex Mellor and Kruise Leeming, but the Hooker is yet to make his debut in blue and amber, due to him having to undergo knee surgery after an injury sustained in December training and is not expected to return until mid-season. The Rhinos have also recruited further afield with former NRL player Matt Prior coming in from Cronulla

Sharks, and Rhys Evans joining from championship side Bradford Bulls. In February Leeds bolstered their forward pack further with the versatile Joe Greenwood coming in on a 2-month loan from Wigan Warriors. Head Coach Richard Agar joined Leeds midway through last season after the departure of David Furner. The Rhinos will be looking for a better 2020 campaign after finishing the 2019 season in 9th place flirting with relegation. When it comes to last season’s headto-head, the sides faced off three times, with the Tigers narrowly losing out on the first occasion at Headingly 21-20 due a Brad Dwyer Golden Point dropkick, but Cas earned the 2 points on the next meeting with a convincing 30-8 win but fell just short following a narrow 10-18 defeat at The Jungle.

The intimidating centre has been a key component in Leeds’ squad over the opening rounds of this year’s competition, but it’s worth remembering the Tongan’s debut Super League season was also a mightily impressive one, racking up 14 tries in 2019 and quickly finding himself a fan favourite amongst the Headingly crowd. The NRL veteran wound up winning the fan’s player of the year award last season and has the intimidating combination of pace and power to impress again in 2020.

LUKE GALE The Rhinos biggest signing will need no introduction to Cas fans: Star half back Gale won the Man of Steel as well as lifting the League Leaders’ Shield with the Tigers in 2017’s memorable campaign. Leeds’ new number 7 brings a wealth of talent and a lethal boot to the Rhinos’ side and he will be keen to get one over his old club in his return to Wheldon Road.

RHYSE MARTIN The second rower joined Leeds midway through the 2019 campaign from NRL side Canterbury- Bankstown Bulldogs and settled well into Super League last season, scoring 4 tries to round out 2019. On the back of a full preseason, Martin will look to continue his good form throughout this season and be a dominant addition to the Rhino’s pack.

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MEET THE COACHES EVENING Castleford Tigers Supporters Club hosted their ‘Meet The Coaches’ night at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle on Tuesday, 11th February. It was a great opportunity for any fan who has ever wanted to ask the coaching staff at Castleford Tigers a question. Six of the Tigers’ First Team coaching staff took part of CTSC’s Q&A event held in the newly refurbished Legends Lounge at The Mend-A-Hose Jungle, formerly known as the Tiger Bar at the back of the main stand. In attendance from the coaching team were:

DARYL POWELL HEAD COACH DANNY ORR ASSISTANT COACH RYAN SHERIDAN ASSISTANT COACH STE MILLS HEAD OF ANALYSIS JAMIE BELL HEAD OF STRENGTH & CONDITIONING MATTY CROWTHER HEAD PHYSIOTHERAPIST The team’s training, gym work, analysis and much more was up for discussion with all the coaches providing their expert insight.

NEXT EVENT CTSC’s upcoming event for the month of March is the annual ‘Meet the Directors Evening’ on Tuesday 10th March down at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle’s Legends Lounge starting at 7.45pm. It gives supporters the chance to put their questions to staff from all areas of the club. This event is open to everyone with admission costing only £3 or just £1 for CTSC 2020 Members, memberships will be available on the night.

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Supporters Club help fund computer upgrades The Tigers players and coaching staff have received upgrades to their Nacsport Analysis Pro machines thanks to funds raised from the Castleford Tigers Supporters Club! This is the latest donation to the club by CTSC following on from raising the funds for the Women’s Team to go on a pre-season camp in the Yorkshire Dales (read more about that on Page 22 and 23). Ste Mills, Head of Analysis, commented on the upgrades saying: “This is a complete game changer to the analysis department at the Tigers, this takes us to a whole new level! Thank you so much to the Castleford Tigers Supporters Club for their continuous and outstanding support.” Since being established in 2004 CTSC have raised over £87,000 for the rugby club and are looking to reach to £100k mark in 2020, get behind them and let’s reach that milestone! www.castlefordtigers.com March 2020

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2020 season Round

Date

Time

Opposition

Home/Away Comp Win/Lose

Score

Fullback

R Wing

R Centre

L Centre

L Wing

Stand Off

Sc

FEBRUARY 1

Sun 2nd

2.30pm

A

SL

W

10 -- 28

Rankin

Olpherts

Mata’utia 1T

Shenton 1T

Eden 1T

Trueman

Ric

2

Fri 7th

7:45pm Wigan Warriors

H

SL

W

16 -- 12

Rankin

Olpherts 1T

Blair 1T

Shenton

Clare

Trueman

Ric

3

Sat 15th

6.00pm

A

SL

L

36 -- 18

Rankin

Olpherts 1T

Blair 1T

Shenton

Clare 1T

Trueman

Ric

W

32 -- 15

Rankin

Olpherts 2T

Mata’utia

Shenton

Clare 2T

Trueman

Ric

Toronto Wolfpack Catalans Dragons

4

Fri 21st

7:45pm Wakefield Trinity

H

SL

5

Thur 27th

7.45pm

Hull KR

A

SL

6

Fri 6th

7:45pm

Warrington Wolves

A

SL

MARCH 7

Sun 15th

3.30pm St Helens

H

SL

8

Fri 20th

7.45pm

A

SL

9

Thu 26th

7:45pm Leeds Rhinos

H

SL

10

Sun 12th

3.00pm Huddersfield Giants

H

SL

11

Fri 17th

7.45pm

A

SL

12

Thur 23rd

7:45pm Hull KR

H

SL

Salford Red Devils

APRIL Wakefield Trinity

MAY 13

Sat 2nd

5.00pm

Hull FC

A

SL

14

Sat 16th

3.00pm

Warrington Wolves

A

SL

15

Sun 23rd

3.00pm

Catalans Dragons

MW

SL

16

Fri 29th

7.45pm Wigan Warriors

H

SL

SL

JUNE 17

Sat 13th

1.30pm

Toronto Wolfpack

A

18

Fri 19th

7:45pm

St Helens

A

SL

19

Fri 26th

7:45pm Hull FC

H

SL

JULY 20

Fri 3rd

7.45pm Salford Red Devils

H

SL

21

Fri 10th

7:45pm

A

SL

Leeds Rhinos

22

Fri 24th

7.45pm Catalans Dragons

H

SL

23

Fri 31st

7:45pm

A

SL

Huddersfield Giants

AUGUST 24

Fri 7th

7:45pm Hull FC

H

SL

25

Fri 14th

7:45pm

A

SL

Wigan Warriors

26

Fri 21st

7:45pm Toronto Wolfpack

H

SL

27

Fri 28th

7:45pm Warrington Wolves

H

SL

SEPTEMBER 28

Fri 4th

7.45pm

Leeds Rhinos

A

SL

29

Fri 11th

7:45pm Huddersfield Giants

H

SL

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Scrum Half

Prop

Hooker

Prop

Trueman

Richardson 4G

rueman

Richardson 4G

Watts

McShane

Millington 1T

Watts

McShane

Smith

Trueman

Richardson 3G

Watts

McShane

Griffin

rueman

Richardson 4G

Watts

McShane

Griffin

2nd Row

2nd Row

Loose fwd

Int Change

Int Change

Int Change

Int Change

Attn

Griffin

Blair

Milner 1T

Massey

Smith

O’Neill

Hepi

N/A

Holmes

Millington

Massey

Moors

O’Neill

Peachey

Hall

8,848

Holmes

Millington

Massey

McMeeken

Smith

O’Neill

Hepi

8,886

Holmes 1T

Blair 1T

Massey

Millington

McMeeken

Smith

O’Neill

7,202

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09 | PAUL MCSHANE

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11 | OLIVER HOLMES

12 | MIKE MCMEEKEN

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16 | GEORGE GRIFFIN

17 | ALEX FOSTER

18 | CHEYSE BLAIR

07 | DANNY RICHARDSON

14 | NATHAN MASSEY

13 | ADAM MILNER

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06 | JAKE TRUEMAN

05 | SOSAIA FEKI

04 | MICHAEL SHENTON

03 | PETER MATA’UTIA

02 | DERRELL OLPERTS

01 | JORDAN RANKIN

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21 | JAMES CLARE

22 | JACQUES O’NEILL

27 | LEWIS PEACHEY

28 | BRAD GRAHAM

RYAN SHERIDAN

23 | MATT COOK

24 | TYLA HEPI

29 | JOE SUMMERS

30 | ROBBIE STOREY

20 | JUNIOR MOORS

26 | CALUM TURNER

DANNY ORR

19 | DANIEL SMITH

25 | GREG EDEN

DARYL POWELL


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BETFRED

SUPER LEAGUE


SUN | 2:30PM

FRI | 7:45PM

SAT | 5PM

FRI | 7:45PM

THU | 7:45PM

FRI | 7:45PM

W 28-10

W 16-12

L 36-18

W 32-15

Craven Park

Halliwell Jones Stadium

SUN | 3:30PM

FRI | 7:45PM

THU | 7:45PM

SUN | 3PM

FRI | 7:45PM

THU | 7:45PM

Mend-A-Hose Jungle

AJ Bell Stadium

Mend-A-Hose Jungle

Mend-A-Hose Jungle

Belle Vue

Mend-A-Hose Jungle

SAT | 5PM

SAT | 3PM

SAT | 3PM

FRI | 7:45PM

SAT | 6:30PM

FRI | 7:45PM

KCOM Stadium

Halliwell Jones Stadium

Mend-A-Hose Jungle

Lamport Stadium

Totally Wicked Stadium

FRI | 7:45PM

FRI | 7:45PM

FRI | 7:45PM

FRI | 7:45PM

FRI | 7:45PM

FRI | 7:45PM

Mend-A-Hose Jungle

Mend-A-Hose Jungle

Headingley Stadium

Mend-A-Hose Jungle

John Smith’s Stadium

Mend-A-Hose Jungle

FRI | 7:45PM

FRI | 7:45PM

FRI | 7:45PM

FRI | 7:45PM

FRI | 7:45PM

DW Stadium

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Mend-A-Hose Jungle

Mend-A-Hose Jungle

Headingley Stadium

Mend-A-Hose Jungle

Please note that fixtures may change during the season. All times are local British times.

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The official magazine of Castleford Tigers. Each month’s edition of ROAR includes feature pieces on Tigers’ players, match previews, Castlef...

ROAR Magazine Issue 3 March 2020  

The official magazine of Castleford Tigers. Each month’s edition of ROAR includes feature pieces on Tigers’ players, match previews, Castlef...

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