Match Preview: Castleford (A)

In association with Davanti Tyres, here is everything you need to know ahead of SATURday’s Betfred Super League OPENING RounD clash against CASTLEFORD tIGERS.

The Super League Champions open their 2024 campaign in West Yorkshire at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle.

Squad News

Matt Peet has included new signings Adam Keighran, Kruise Leeming and Luke Thompson in his first 21-man squad of 2024, as well as Mike Cooper who is set to play his first Super League minutes since April.

Wigan squad for Castleford:


Craig Lingard’s side will be without captain Paul McShane for the clash after the forward sustained an injury in training.

Castleford Tigers 21-man squad:

Previous Meetings

The Warriors completed the double over Castleford last season to extend their winning run to six matches against the Tigers.

Last ten meetings:

  • Wigan 48, Castleford 6 (SLR26, 15/9/23)
  • Castleford 0, Wigan 36 (SLR3, 3/3/23)
  • Castleford 12, Wigan 32 (SLR14, 4/6/22)
  • Wigan 32, Castleford 22 (SLR6, 17/3/22)
  • Castleford 0, Wigan 22 (SLR22, 30/8/21)
  • Wigan 30, Castleford 22 (SLR18, 29/8/20) (at Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington)
  • Castleford 16, Wigan 12 (SLR2, 7/2/20)
  • Wigan 26, Castleford 8 (SLR29, 12/9/19)
  • Wigan 6, Castleford 4 (SLR13, 27/4/19)

Super League Summary:

  • Castleford wins: 17
  • Wigan wins: 43
  • Draws: 3

Coaches Quotes

Matt Peet outlined the importance of Saturday’s clash to the press earlier this week: “Castleford are going to come out firing and energised, and it’s a proper rugby league ground with a great atmosphere which should make a full-blooded Super League game – it will be great to watch.”

He added: “We’ve got an exciting fixture and event on the horizon but it would be really poor of us to overlook this one – we have to nail this performance.”

Read the full preview with Matt Peet online HERE.


Tickets are now off sale via Wigan Warriors and supporters are advised not to travel to the Mend-A-Hose Jungle without a ticket as a large attendance is expected.

Kit Check

Wigan Warriors will play in their away kit at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle.

Photo: Steve Flynn

Get your 2024 Kappa replica kits in-store at Robin Park Arena and online HERE.

Match Officials

The man in the middle for Saturday’s fixture will be Tom Grant, while Jack Smith will be the Video Referee.

Photo: Allan McKenzie/

How to Follow

Watch Live

As Wigan launch their title defence, supporters can watch live from 5pm on BBC Two and iPlayer – the first Super League match to be shown live on the BBC.

Listen Live

Listen to free audio commentary of Castleford Tigers v Wigan Warriors from 5:15pm. Head to our Mixlr page by clicking HERE. Alternatively, you can simply use the pop out player below:

WiganTV is on Mixlr

Social Media:

As an alternative to following the game, Wigan fans can keep up-to-date with every piece of the action via our social media channels and website:

  • X (@WiganWarriorsRL) – live game updates and reaction at the final hooter.
  • Instagram (@wiganwarriorsrl) – behind-the-scenes action, both before and after kick-off.
  • Facebook (Wigan Warriors) – live matchday information and reaction.
  • Website ( – post-match reaction including match report, and head coach and players reaction.
Friday 16 February 2024