2018 Super League – Wigan Warriors vs Castleford Tigers Preview

AT A GLANCE

When? Friday 5th October, 19:45

Where? The DW Stadium

What channel is it on? Sky Sports Arena

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, Farrell, Flower, Gildart, Greenwood, Hamlin, Leuluai, Manfredi, Navarrete, O’Loughlin, Powell, Sarginson, Sutton, Tautai, Tomkins, Williams

Unavailable: Joe Burgess, Chris Hankinson, Liam Marshall, Willie Isa, Oliver Partington

  • Wigan narrowly overcame a spirited Hull FC last week to become the first side to win all of their Super 8s fixtures since the concept was introduced. The Warriors edged the game 14-12 as they won their seventh game in the Super 8s which extended their winning run to eight matches.

  • In Shaun Wane’s final home match as Wigan head coach, he welcomes back influential skipper Sean O’Loughlin whilst Tommy Leuluai also comes into the 19 along with Liam Farrell, who received a late call-up last week.

  • Wigan are the form team of the competition heading into the semi-finals whilst they also boast the second-best defence in the league. They conceded just 13.9 points per game during the league season, 165 points less in total than their opponents Castleford.

CASTLEFORD TIGERS

Head Coach: Daryl Powell

Squad: Clare, Clark, Cook, Eden, Gale, Holmes, Massey, Mata’utia, McMeeken, McShane, Millington, Milner, Minikin, Roberts, Sene-Lefao, Shenton, Wardle, Watts, Webster

Unavailable: Alex Foster, Junior Moors, Jake Trueman

  • Castleford ended their league campaign with a disappointing display at league leaders St Helens. The Tigers didn’t register a single point as they were kept scoreless whilst allowing Saints to run in four tries in a 26-0 defeat.

  • Daryl Powell welcomes back some big names for this crucial game with captain Michael Shenton returning along with Mike McMeeken, Greg Eden, Oliver Holmes and Matt Cook. Jamie Ellis, Quentin Laulu-Togaga’e, Will Maher, Lewis Peachey and Jake Trueman miss out from last week whilst Junior Moors is still injured.

  • Last week’s defeat brought Castleford’s five-match winning run to an end. They will soon forget about that game with it not having any meaning to it but they will want to post points quickly against Wigan’s stern defence with Cas’ attack the joint-second best in the league in 2018.

THE PREDICTION

Wigan welcome Castleford to the DW Stadium which has been a fortress for the Warriors this season. They have only lost one game on home soil all year which demonstrates the task Castleford face, especially with Wigan wanting to send departing head coach Shaun Wane out on a high in his final home game. Wigan looked like the team to beat during the Super 8s with some strong performances that saw them go unbeaten during that phase of the season. Castleford too produced some good efforts but they will need to up their game here after a disappointing display last week as well as well as a poor first half in their last encounter with Wigan when they went into the break 20-0 down. The Warriors will look to repeat that performance here and with their superb home record this season, they can progress to the Grand Final.