CASTLEFORD TIGERS have a huge incentive to end their poor run tomorrow.
Tigers are on a four-match losing streak in all competitions and have been beaten in their last five home league games, but victory over Catalans Dragons would secure their place in the First Utility Super-8s.
Catalans are fourth in the Super League table, but also need the points to keep in touch with the sides above them and Tigers’ French prop Gadwin Springer reckons that makes for a tense contest.
“We are looking forward to it,” said Springer, who joined Tigers from Catalans last year. “It is a home game at Cas and we will have to be tough in the middle.
“It is going to be a good battle, but it is important for us because we don’t want to be in the middle-eights.
“We have two games at home. After the Dragons we have Warrington and we will try to win those two games.
“We have a few injured so the season has been tough for us, but we have got Rangi [Chase] back and that is going to be good. I am looking forward to playing with him, he is a good player.”
Springer, 23, was born in Guiana and only took up rugby when he was 13, after his family moved to France. He said: “I had the opportunity to come over after my agent spoke with Daryl [Powell, Tigers’ coach].
“Because I am young I said I would love to come and play in England. I am happy with how I am playing at the moment and I just have to make sure I keep getting better. I am learning a lot from Daryl and the coaching staff, but it is a little bit hard because I miss France.
“All my friends and family are living in France, but my mum is going to come over in a few weeks and I am living with my girlfriend. I love playing here.”
Former Man of Steel Chase is set to make his second Tigers debut after returning to the club following spells with Salford and Leigh.
Long-term casualty Frankie Mariano – who has been playing on dual-registration for Batley Bulldogs – could also return and Matt Cook, Ryan Hampshire, Will Maher, Greg Minikin and Denny Solomona are all in contention for a recall.
Injured trio Jake Webster, Joel Monaghan and Mike McMeeken drop out from the team beaten at Salford last week, along with Paddy Flynn and Tom Holmes.
Catalans are without their star trio of winger Pat Richards, stand-off Todd Carney and second-row Glenn Stewart. Jason Baitieri also drops out from the team which lost to by Wigan a week go. Half-back Richard Myler is back in contention after injury and Gregory Mounis, Fouad Yaha, Morgan Escare, Alrix Da Costa and Jordan Dezaria are others who could be drafted into the team.
Castleford Tigers from: Chase, Cook, Crooks, Dorn, Gale, Hampshire, O Holmes, Maher, Mariano, Massey, McShane, Millington, Milner, Minikin, Moors, Patrick, Solomona, Springer, Tickle.
Catalans Dragons from: Gigot, Broughton, Duport, Myler, Casty, Horo, Taylor, Bousquet, Pelissier, Mounis, Bosc, Yaha, Escare, Maria, Albert, Da Costa, Navarrete, Dezaria, Garcia.
Referee: Michael Woodhead.
Kick-off: Tomorrow, 3.30pm.