Castleford Tigers determined to set derby record straight - Alex Foster

TONIGHT’S DERBY against Leeds at Headingley is about righting some wrongs as far as Castleford Tigers’ versatile former Rhinos man Alex Foster is concerned.

Heading west: Hull winger Bureta Faraimo is swapping East for West Yorkshire by joining Castleford Tigers. Picture by Allan McKenzie/

Foster, who can play at centre or in the forwards, began his career with Leeds, making eight appearances as a substitute in 2013.

Tigers have one win over their arch-rivals to their credit this year, 18-10 at St Helens in April, but Foster admitted they are still hurting from the last time the sides met, at Wheldon Road the following month, when rampant Rhinos cruised to a record 60-6 win.

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“It hasn’t been mentioned too much, but it is still there in the back of our heads,” said Foster of that defeat.

“It was a really poor result and didn’t represent how we as a club go about things.

“It hurt the club very much and us as players.

“With it being a local derby against Leeds we don’t need any more motivation to go into this match, but we want to right a few wrongs and turn Leeds over and get a win.”

Castleford, who have confirmed the signing of winger Bureta Faraimo from Hull on a two-year contract beginning next season, have won only two of their last 10 games in all competitions.

They are backing up just four days after a home defeat by Huddersfield Giants, but will field a much stronger lineup this evening with 11 players set to return.

Defeat would almost certainly end their top-six hopes, but Foster described the mood in Castleford’s camp as “positive”.

He said: “It is great to have the majority of the boys back from Covid.

“That gives us a big lift.

“It will freshen the squad up a bit and we are feeling good and ready to go.”