TEAMS: Tony Smith makes a change at half back for Warrington Wolves against Castleford Tigers

Gareth O'Brien

Gareth O'Brien

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Warrington Guardian: by , Sports Editor

WOLVES made two changes at half back for tonight’s top-five clash with Castleford Tigers.

Gareth O’Brien, left out of the semi-final defeat to Leeds Rhinos last week, replaced Richie Myler at scrum half.

Although named on the teamsheet at centre, Chris Bridge lines up in the playmaking role with Stefan Ratchford switching to the right flank alongside Joel Monaghan.

There is also no place in the 17 for Roy Asotasi, with Smith dropping Anthony England to the bench, starting Ben Harrison at prop and Simon Grix at loose forward.

Cas, sat two points above Wolves in fourth place and two points behind leaders St Helens in the tightest league race for years, have rested eight members of next week’s likely Challenge Cup Final line-up.

Missing from the ranks are Luke Dorn, Kirk Dixon, Jake Webster, Michael Shenton, Justin Carney, Marc Sneyd, Daryl Clarke and ex-Wolves prop Garreth Carvell.

Wolves: Matty Russell; Joel Monaghan, Stefan Ratchford, Ryan Atkins, Rhys Evans; Chris Bridge, Gareth O’Brien; Chris Hill, Michael Monaghan, Ben Harrison, Ben Westwood, Trent Waterhouse, Simon Grix. Subs: Anthony England, Paul Wood, James Laithwaite, Micky Higham.

Tigers: Ben Reynolds; Jordan Tansey, Michael Channing, Ashley Gibson, James Clare; Jamie Ellis, Liam Finn; Andy Lynch, Adam Milner, Scott Wheeldon, Frankie Mariano, Weller Hauraki, Lee Jewitt. Subs: Nathan Massey, Oliver Holmes, Brad Day, Will Maher.

Referee: James Child

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