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10 Aug 2018 by Ash Wheldon

2018 Super League – Wigan Warriors vs Castleford Tigers Preview

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AT A GLANCE

When? Friday 10th August, 19:45

Where? The DW Stadium

What channel is it on? Sky Sports Action

Where can I stream the match? Sky Sports subscribers can stream the match online via Sky Go

Are tickets still available? https://www.eticketing.co.uk/wiganwarriors/default.aspx

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

WIGAN WARRIORS

Head Coach: Shaun Wane

Squad: Bateman, Clubb, Davies, Escaré, Flower, Greenwood, Hamlin, Isa, Kibula, Leuluai, Marshall, Navarette, Patrington, Powell, Sarginson, Sutton, Tomkins, Williams, Woods

Unavailable: Joe Burgess, Dom Manfredi, Liam Farrell, Sean O’Loughlin, Oliver Gildart, Chris Hankinson, Taulima Tautai, Liam Paisley

  • Wigan were far from impressive as they only just managed to see off 12-man Catalans in their last league encounter. The Warriors had a man advantage for over 40 minutes but couldn’t put the Dragons to the sword with a drop goal and try in the final seven minutes eventually sealing a 25-20 win.

  • Ryan Sutton and George Williams make welcome returns to the 19-man squad for Wigan. However, they must do without Chris Hankinson who has picked up an eye injury whilst Taulima Tautai must serve a four-match ban.

  • The Warriors ended the season with just one defeat on home soil with the Cherry and Whites keen to improve that record in front of a buoyant crowd after Adrian Lam was announced as the club’s interim head coach for 2019 before Shaun Edwards takes over in 2020.

CASTLEFORD TIGERS

Head Coach: Daryl Powell

Squad: Clare, Clark, Eden, Ellis, Gill, Holmes, Laulu-Togaga’e, Maher, Massey, McMeeken, McShane, Milner, Moors, Sene-Lefao, Shenton, Trueman, Wardle, Watts, Webster

Unavailable: Luke Gale, Ben Roberts, Alex Foster, Greg Minikin, Matt Cook, Grant Millington, Peter Mata’utia

  • Castleford ended the regular season with a huge win over Widnes. The Tigers ran in nine tries as they ran up a big score on the bottom-placed Vikings with Castleford running out 24-52 winners.

  • Daryl Powell has made three changes to his 19-man squad with Jake Webster and Joe Wardle overcoming injuries whilst Will Maher also receives a call-up. Peter Mata’utia is out injured whilst Calum Turner and Jacques O’Neill are left out.

  • Castleford had an impressive 7-4 record away from home during the regular season but lost to the Warriors when they travelled to the DW Stadium in Round 12.

THE PREDICTION

Wigan have grabbed all of the headlines off the pitch last week as they announced their new coaching set up for next year and beyond but now matters turn back to the pitch as they host Castleford in an important game that could shape the Super 8s for both teams. With just one point separating the second-placed Warriors and third-placed Tigers, it’s easy to see why this is such a crucial game. Wigan could open up a three-point gap in the race for second place and a home semi-final but a Castleford win would see them leapfrog the Warriors. This one could go either way but Wigan’s home record is difficult to ignore and they can add another win here.

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