Wigan Warriors vs Castleford Tigers Preview

The Lowdown


  • Wigan come off another defeat at the hands of Leeds which makes it three matches without a win now, but with the mitigating circumstances of an injury-crisis affecting their team selection.
  • They are not helped by the absence of Oliver Gildart who suffered a back injury after a horror tackle by Brett Ferres which saw the Leeds man banned for six games, so Joe Bretherton comes in to replace him.
  • Liam Farrell and Anthony Gelling were close to featuring last week but just missed out, though both are expected to pass fitness tests to be able to participate here.

Head Coach: Shaun Wane

Squad: Joe Bretherton, Tony Clubb, Tom Davies, Morgan Escaré, Liam Farrell, Ben Flower, Liam Forsyth, Anthony Gelling, Nick Gregson, Willie Isa, Thomas Leuluai, Liam Marshall, Romain Navarrete, Frank-Paul Nuuausala, Sam Powell, Ryan Sutton, Taulima Tautai, Joel Tomkins, George Williams

Unavailable: Oliver Gildart (Back), Sean O'Loughlin (Calf), Jack Wells (Ankle), Sam Tomkins (Ankle), Dom Manfredi (Knee), Michael McIlorum (Ankle), John Bateman (Shoulder), Jake Shorrocks (Knee), Joe Burgess (Knee), Lewis Tierney (Knee), Callum Field, Josh Ganson


  • Castleford come into this game in tremendous form but know that this is the acid test against the champions and arguably the best defence in the league on their day.
  • Greg Minikin is recalled following a shoulder injury but he remains a doubt to play, as does fellow winger Joel Monaghan who has a groin problem so both face late tests.
  • Grant Millington is the man to make way for Minikin in the 19-man squad in what is the only change, as the league's best attack travel to the champions determined to prove their worth.

Head Coach: Daryl Powell

Squad: Rangi Chase, Matt Cook, Greg Eden, Luke Gale, Zak Hardaker, Oliver Holmes, Andy Lynch, Nathan Massey, Mike McMeeken, Paul McShane, 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, Grant Millington

Analysis - what to expect
A fascinating game in store between the most potent attacking side in the league against the champions on their home turf. Cas will be motivated to show they can match the best but there is no love lost between the sides, between the two coaches, and due to Rangi Chase posting a video of his season-ending tackle on Dom Manfredi in the off-season, which upset some of the Wigan players. This will be a tense affair and may not be as open and free-scoring as many Cas games have been, but with team news strongly in their favour, the visitors have to be preferred here.