Castleford Tigers v Leeds Rhinos: Josh will face any sibling rivalry head on

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He may be the smaller of the two, but Castleford Tigers’ Josh Griffin won’t be going out of his way to avoid brother Darrell tonight.

The Griffin siblings will face each other in Super League action for the second time when Darrell’s Rhinos visit Probiz Coliseum.

Both brothers have changed clubs since Darrell took a 1-0 lead in their own personal rivalry when Huddersfield Giants won at home to Wakefield Trinity Wildcats last season.

Their paths crossed in that particular clash and Josh said of tonight’s showdown: “I am going to spot him and see what happens.

“He was on the bench the last time and the first thing I did when he came on was run at him. I might do that again.

“We did say we’d stay away from each other, but I got a bit giddy.”

The banter has been flying between the two brothers, who remain close despite going their separate ways.

Josh, 21, said: “I used to travel with him when we were both at Huddersfield. I don’t see him as much now, but I still see him a couple of times a week.

“Joining Leeds has been a good move for him – and he has got a trophy in his cabinet at last (the World Club Challenge).

“I think that’s the first one he has won since the under-sixes. But it is great for him, he had a lot of options and he chose the right one.”

Josh – 6ft and 15st 10lbs compared with 30-year-old Darrell’s 6ft 4ins and 18st 8lbs – said he has always been the “more athletic one” of three rugby league-playing brothers, including the youngest, George, who is a back-rower in Hull KR’s academy.

“Darrell and George are the same, they’ve always been a bit stronger than me and a bit heavier,” said Josh. “I am not a light winger, but I have always been the skinny one – speed is my main thing.”

Sibling rivalry will add extra spice to tonight’s derby, but Josh – scorer of Cas’ only try in last weekend’s 46-4 drubbing by Wigan Warriors – is aware that it’s a huge game for Tigers in its own right after three successive defeats.

“Obviously Leeds are playing well at the moment and we are in a bit of a sticky patch,” said Josh.

“we’ve not been at our best, there has been a lot going on and last week hit us hard (the aftermath of the sudden death of coach Ian Millward’s 19-year-old son, Robbie).

“That showed in our performance on Sunday. A lot of the boys didn’t know how hard it had hit them until they got out there.

“I didn’t really think about it until I saw his mum and dad there before the game and then it hit me. We are still without Ian and (caretaker coach) Stuart Donlan is only three months into his apprenticeship.

“It is not an ideal situation, but Castleford always raise their game to play Leeds.”

Josh has crossed in four successive games and is on six tries, joint second in the Super League chart.

He said: “I am really enjoying it here. It suits my play a lot more. I am more of an attacking player and attack is a Castleford thing.

“We will get better as the grounds harden up and we get some injured players back.

“I have got six tries, but that’s because of what the guys are doing in the middle. I just put them down at the corner.”

Jy Hitchcox scores the first of his two dramatic tries against Catalans Dragons last night. Picture: Matthew Merrick.

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