Matongo looking forward to Castleford test

Published: 14 January, 2022 - 1:22 pm

York City Knights continue their pre-season campaign this weekend when they face the Castleford Tigers at the LNER Community Stadium and, for prop forward Masi Matongo (sponsored by Humber Street Distillery Company) he comes up against a familiar face.

Lee Radford, now Head Coach of the Tigers, handed Matongo his Super League debut when the prop forward was at Hull FC, and is a person who Masi respects very much.

Masi knows the Tigers will present a massive challenge as the Knights continue to prepare for the 2022 Betfred Championship season.

“Defence is a big part of his Lee’s coaching regime, I know that Castleford are going to be hard to break down and we will have to break them down.

“He was the one who gave me the chance in Super League, I have a lot of respect and time for Lee.”

James Ford’s side got their pre-season campaign off to a positive start with a 46-6 victory over the Midlands Hurricanes on Friday night with Masi playing a key role in the forward pack as halfback Liam Harris shone in the spotlight.

Despite the positive scoreline, Matongo knows there is still a long way to go and that next season will be full of challenges and that himself and his teammates need to be switched on.

“It was good to play, it has been a long pre-season and it is good to finally get some game time. There were areas that we needed to work on and things that are rusty.

“We need to learn everyone’s style and practice the systems. It was a good run out and there’s another tough test against Castleford on Sunday.

“A lot of teams in the Championship have recruited well and signed some top players, there is no slouching about.

“We will have to rise to the challenge and push for York to be up there at the end of the season.

“Defensively and offensively I have to focus and, on the pitch, I hope I can bring energy and some tough carries and be good defensively.”

You can see Masi and the rest of the Knights continue their pre-season campaign on Sunday as Castleford Tigers become the first Men’s Betfred Super League side fans will be able to see in person at the LNER Community Stadium. Tickets are available for that game and our important season opener against rivals Featherstone Rovers from