Castleford Tigers v Leeds Rhinos: Rivals are close to full strength for derby

Mike McMeeken, centre.
Mike McMeeken, centre.
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CASTLEFORD TIGERS and Leeds Rhinos will both be close to full-strength when they clash at the Jungle on Friday.

Tigers are without Matt Cook, who suffered a back problem in the win at Huddersfield Giants a week ago, but fellow forwards Mike McMeeken and Grant Millington are recalled to the squad after being rested for that game.

Jordan Lilley.

Jordan Lilley.

Three-quarter Greg Minikin – who was an unused member of last week’s 19 – is vying for a call into the side.

Another forward, Nathan Massey, is included in Tigers’ initial squad despite suffering a knock in the second half at John Smith’s Stadium, but second-rower Oliver Holmes (groin) remains on the sidelines.

Rhinos are without half-back/hooker Rob Burrow, who is serving a one-game ban, so half-back Jordan Lilley has been recalled to the 19 and could make his first appearance since the win over Wigan Warriors on August 4.

Stand-off Joel Moon, who missed last week’s victory against Hull after suffering a groin injury in the warm-up, is included in the 19, but remains in doubt.

Full-back Ashton Golding is in contention for a recall after being left out of Leeds’ past two games.

Second-rower Brett Ferres (knee) is the only player definitely ruled out through injury.

Castleford Tigers: from Eden, Foster, Gale, Hardaker, Hitchcox, Larroyer, Massey, McMeeken, McShane, Millington, Milner, Minikin, Moors, Patrick, Roberts, Sene-Lefao, Shenton, Springer, Webster.

Leeds Rhinos: from Golding, Briscoe, Watkins, Moon, Hall, McGuire, Parcell, Cuthbertson, Jones-Buchanan, Ablett, Ward, Sutcliffe, Delaney, Singleton, Garbutt, Keinhorst, Mullally, Lilley, Walker.

Referee: Jack Smith (Warrington).

Kick-off: Friday, 8pm.

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