Castleford Tigers hope to have last season’s top try scorer, Greg Eden, and close season signing Joe Wardle back in their team as they look to begin another winning run at Huddersfield on Sunday.
The Tigers saw their five-match winning run ended in the Mend-A-Hose Jungle mud and water on Monday and are keen to hit back swiftly with the pitch at the John Smith’s Stadium likely to be in much better condition to enable them to play more of their natural game.
Castleford could also be boosted by the return to the side of Eden and Wardle with Tigers boss Daryl Powell looking forward to seeing them back in action following their hamstring injuries.
He said: “Greg Eden and Joe Wardle both have a chance of being available.
“Greg Eden gives us a bit of spark in backfield. James Clare and Greg Minikin have both done a sterling job for us, but Greg Eden gives you a bit more sharpness and he’s looking exceptionally quick at the moment – and I think we’ve missed a little bit of that.
“Joe Wardle gives us a bit of edge as a player and we just want to get him out there and get some consistency in terms of minutes on the field at the moment.
“Hopefully they’ll both be back then it’s about hopefully this summertime coming round in the near future and we can start to see better fields to play on.”
It could be two in, one out with Ben Roberts having to leave the field on Monday. He will be assessed on his injury in the run-up to the Huddersfield game, although Powell does not believe it will lead to a long term absence.
He explained: “Ben Roberts has tweaked his calf. I don’t think it’s too bad, whether he will be available next week I don’t know. You get those sorts of things in conditions like that when it is so heavy.”
After experiencing the swamp-like conditions over Easter Powell is looking forward to seeing his team get a run out on what he hopes will be a better pitch this Sunday.
He added: “The next game is a really important one in terms of targets we set ourselves. We need to get it right at Huddersfield. Playing at Huddersfield, it’s a good track, it’s a football field and it’s usually well looked after. Ours is, but we live by a river and it’s pretty difficult. I thought we won a real tough game in the wet at Wakefield on Thursday and we’ve lost a real tough game in the wet at home (to Warrington).
“There wasn’t much in either game to be honest, we could have won this one and lost the other.
“We move on. You don’t win every game in a season. You want to learn from the ones you win and you want to learn from the ones you lose. I think we will do that.”