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Hull KR v Castleford betting

February 27th, 2014

Friday night Rugby League comes from Hull KR, where the Robins entertain fast-starting Castleford at the KC Lightfoot Stadium.

Castleford topped Super League after the second round of matches (although will have been disposed before this match kicks-off), courtesy of wins over Catalan Dragons and Bradford Bulls. Those results have seen them score an excellent 12 tries, while KR have managed just five in comparison.

In fact, KR have collected just a single point so far, thanks to a gutsy draw at Huddersfield, and they will be looking to history to support their efforts on Friday - in seven meetings between the pair at this venue, KR have come out with all the points!

Castleford aren’t helped by the fact that they travel without Jake Webster (a former Rovers man) who is yet to make his debut, while Jordan Tansey was injured against Catalans - an incident which subsequently saw Julian Bousquet suspended. The sanctions imposed won’t help Daryl Powell’s side of course.

For the hosts, there is also just the single change, with Justin Poore suspended after an incident saw him clash with Joe Wardle at Huddersfield last week. Poore was adjudged to have thrown a punch in the match and finds himself missing out as a result.

We’ve got Hull in as the slight favourites in this one and the bookmakers are broadly on the same page. We’d felt a two point start would be appropriate for Castleford given their poor record here in the past, with most firms opting to quote four points. Ladbrokes however have put their heads above the parapets and the +6 at 10/11 about the visitors looks just worthy of a small bet.

In the Try Scorer markets, Josh Hodgson was kind to us last year and could be worth supporting again at 25/1 to score the opening try of the match. He’s already off and running and it’s a mystery why the bookmakers continually write off his chances given the frequency in which he delivers - the hooker scored 8 times last season for instance.

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Castleford (+6) Handicap
10/11
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Josh Hodgson
First Tryscorer
25/1
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