Castleford hit by injuries to forwards

Castleford Tigers' Oliver Holmes in action this season. Picture: IAN HARBER
Castleford Tigers' Oliver Holmes in action this season. Picture: IAN HARBER

Injuries threaten to derail the remainder of Castleford Tigers’ season after three forwards all had to be taken off in the 48-32 defeat at Huddersfield Giants last Sunday.

Props Jonathan Walker (knee) and Ben Davies (back) and back rower Oliver Holmes (knee) all suffered knocks that meant they had to sit out the finish of the game at the John Smith’s Stadium and would be rated as huge doubts if the Tigers were in action this weekend.

But another weekend off has come as a help before the final burst of five games in six weeks and it is giving the club a chance to assess the extent of the damage to the trio.

Head coach Daryl Powell has not ruled them out of the next game against Warrington yet, although Holmes in particular looked to have suffered serious damage as he had to be helped off the pitch.

Powell said: “Oliver didn’t look too clever, but we haven’t got a game so we’ll have a look and see where everybody is and then we’ll roll our sleeves up for the Warrington Wolves game.

“Jonny hurt his knee and Ben hurt his back and they couldn’t go back on. In the end we didn’t have any available subs who could go back on so it was tough.”

Powell can bring Keith Mason back after he was left out at Huddersfield following his court case against them last week and he has another prop available again with Ryan Boyle having served his one match ban. But back rower Lee Gilmour is still recovering from a shoulder injury and it looks increasingly likely that centre Jake Webster will not play again this season.