Castleford Tigers vs Wigan Warriors Preview

The Lowdown


  • Castleford narrowly lost to Hull last week making in their second consecutive defeat in the Super League but they will be heartened by the fact they scored more tries than their opponents despite their kicking letting them down in the 26-24 loss.
  • Powell criticised his team and their poor performance last weekend and has responded by making one change to the squad with Matt Cook replacing Andy Lynch in the 19-man group.
  • Luke Gale is going through concussion protocol after a high tackle last week and he is a doubt so Rangi Chase is on standby to replace him after overcoming his own wrist problem.

Head Coach: Daryl Powell

Squad: Rangi Chase, Matt Cook, Greg Eden, Luke Gale, Zak Hardaker, Oliver Holmes, Nathan Massey, Mike McMeeken, Paul McShane, Grant Millington, Adam Milner, Greg Minikin, Joel Monaghan, Junior Moors, Ben Roberts, Jesse Sene-Lefao, Michael Shenton, Gadwin Springer, Jake Webster

Unavailable: Larne Patrick (Wrist), Alex Foster (Pectoral), Luke Million, Will Maher, Andy Lynch


  • Three wins in a row for Wigan now in the Super League as they move ominously up the Super League and they will relish this clash which offers them a quick chance to avenge the 27-10 loss to Cas at the start of the month.
  • Thomas Leuluai is out with a broken jaw which is a significant blow but they do welcome back Joel Tomkins and Anthony Gelling after injury and suspension respectively to boost the squad.
  • The club have announced changes to the backroom staff as their Head of Sport Science and Analysis Mark Quinn has left the club and he is replaced by Dave Banks who joins from Widnes, while coach Paul Johnson has signed a new contract.

Head Coach: Shaun Wane

Squad: Joe Burgess, Tom Davies, Morgan Escaré, Liam Farrell, Ben Flower, Josh Ganson, Anthony Gelling, Nick Gregson, Willie Isa, Liam Marshall, Michael McIlorum, Romain Navarrete, Frank-Paul Nuuausala, Sean O'Loughlin, Sam Powell, Ryan Sutton, Taulima Tautai, Joel Tomkins, George Williams

Unavailable: Thomas Leuluai (Jaw), Tony Clubb (Kidney), Oliver Gildart (Back), Jack Wells (Ankle), Sam Tomkins (Ankle), Dom Manfredi (Knee), John Bateman (Shoulder), Jake Shorrocks (Knee), Lewis Tierney (Knee), Callum Field, Joe Bretherton, Liam Forsyth

Analysis - what to expect
These two sides only met just over three weeks ago when the Tigers turned Wigan over in their own back yard but a few factors have changed since then. Not only have Cas lost their last two matches in the league, but Wigan have been recouping some of their injured players over the last few weeks and it will be a stronger Warriors team lining up than that which lost 27-10. That said, Daryl Powell's men will be highly motivated to bounce back and they have the firepower to win this.