CASTLEFORD have not been firing so far in 2013.
The Tigers have traditionally had one of the smallest budgets in Super League, with a lot of salary cap space saved to help fund their on-going ambitions of building a new stadium away from Wheldon Road.
However, for 2013, that looked to have changed, with some quality names recruited, such as former New Zealand international Jake Webster, Aussie winger Justin Carney, Giants duo Lee Gilmour and Keith Mason, Jamie Ellis and also England international Michael Shenton, who has returned to his hometown club.
But the results have not being coming, as Cas currently lie two points adrift at the bottom of the table.
A tough Easter period has not helped, after two heavy defeats to Wakefield and St Helens.
Off-field uncertainty has also dogged the club, with chief executive Steve Ferres and commercial director Nick Fozzard both leaving during the campaign.
However, after last year’s 52-6 thrashing, Castleford will not be taken lightly by head coach Paul Anderson and his Giants.
PERSONAL tragedy for Ian Millward has no doubt affected his time at Castleford.
The death of Ian’s 19-year-old son Robbie from a massive heart attack puts the sport into perspective.
But the outspoken Aussie bravely came back to the game and has built a squad, which, despite results, looks to be a lot more dangerous this campaign, after finishing second bottom in his first year back in Super League.
And there’s certainly no doubting Millward’s coaching ability as he was at the heart of St Helens’ glittering Super League reign a decade ago, before having a spell in charge of Saints’ arch rivals Wigan Warriors.
UNPREDICTABLE Rangi Chase is a threat from any position for the Tigers.
The former St George Illawarra scrum half has been one of Super League’s prized assets over recent years and was awarded the coveted Man of Steel award in 2011.
But from then on, Chase has experienced his fair share of controversy.
After he was picked by England Coach Steve McNamara on residency grounds for the last Four Nations, Chase has been a problem child for Cas.
After being suspended and investigated by the club for a period last year he was then involved in persistent transfer speculation linking him to a whole host of clubs.
However, his performance on the pitch has never been a doubt, and the Giants will have to be on guard to keep Chase out.
Tigers: Owen, Shenton, Chase, Ellis, Walker, Clark, Huby, Gilmour, Hauraki, Milner, Massey, Holmes, Thompson, Tansey, Fleming, Clare, Martin, Mason, Boyle.
Giants: Grix, George, Cudjoe, Wardle, McGillvary, Brough, Robinson, Lunt, Kopczak, Ferres, Faiumu, Lawrence, Patrick, Murphy, Cording, Fairbank, Ferguson, Dawson, Fielden.
Referee: Phil Bentham.