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Tuesday, 11 December, 2018

Tigers ace Junior Moors looks big value to dart past Wakefield

Trinity centre Tupou could also cross the whitewash

Wakefield ace Bill Tupou touches down at Wigan earlier this month
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Old rivals Castleford and Wakefield don't really do dead rubbers but this is as close to one as you'll get between the two West Yorkshire neighbours with the Tigers almost definitely booked for third spot and Trinity certain to finish fifth or sixth.

The priority for Cas is the Betfred Super League playoff semi-final in a fortnight which will nigh on certainly be a trip to Wigan.

Daryl Powell's side are 5-1 to go on and claim Grand Final glory and make up for last year's bitter disappointment when they lost to Leeds on the big night at Old Trafford.

The Cas coach has resisted any temptation to rest his stars and bookmakers make his team 3-10 to see off Wakey at the Jungle, something they did with comfort in April when easing home 24-4.

The Tigers also won 11-6 at Belle Vue in adverse weather conditions the previous month.

Castleford have triumphed in the last ten derby clashes and you have to go back to February 2015 to find the last Wakefield win.

Trinity's drought is unlikely to end in this game and their chances are not helped by top tryscorer Tom Johnstone being ruled out for the season with a knee injury.

Coach Chris Chester will have been relieved that playmaker Jacob Miller avoided a suspension after being sent off in the win against Catalans last weekend and captain Danny Kirmond returns after two months out with a knee problem.

Chris Annakin and Ben Jones-Bishop are available after missing the Dragons win, but key forward David Fifita is still sidelined.

The bookmakers' handicap of between ten and 12 points looks about right and this could be a night to speculate on a couple of anytime tryscorer wagers.

Cas forward Junior Moors is in a rich vein of scoring form having notched four times in as many games and he looks good value to touch down again at 5-1.

In the absence of the injured Johnstone, centre Bill Tupou is Wakefield's chief attacking threat.

The Man of Steel contender has scored in 11 of his 28 Betfred Super League appearances in 2018 which makes the 23-10 against him crossing the whitewash look overpriced.

J Moors to score a try
1pt 5-1 Coral, Ladbrokes
B Tupou to score a try
1pt 23-10 Betfair

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Moors is in a rich vein of scoring form having notched four times in as many games and he looks good value to touch down again
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