Match Preview: Castleford (H)

IN ASSOCIATION WITH DAVANTI TYRES, HERE IS EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW AHEAD OF FRIDAY NIGHT’S BETFRED SUPER LEAGUE ROUND 8 CLASH AGAINST CASTLEFORD TIGERS.

The Warriors return to league action at the DW Stadium for the first time since Round 3 as Matt Peet’s side take on Castleford Tigers in the second meeting between the sides in five days.

Squad News

Matt Peet has made one change to the 21-player squad he named for the Betfred Challenge Cup win at Castleford, as Willie Isa is replaced by Mike Cooper who is set to play his first minutes since the Betfred World Club Challenge victory over Penrith Panthers.

Wigan squad for Castleford:

Opposition

Castleford head coach Craig Lingard has made three changes to a 19-player squad ahead of the league meeting, as Joe Westerman, Luis Johnson and Sylvester Namo are replaced by Sam Hall, Liam Watts and new loan addition Louis Senior.

Previous Meetings

Friday night’s clash will be the third time Wigan and Castleford have met this season, after the Warriors recorded victories in Super League Round 1 and the Challenge Cup Quarter-Final.

Last 10 meetings:

  • Castleford 6, Wigan 60 (CCQF, 14/4/24)
  • Castleford 4, Wigan 32 (SLR1, 17/2/24)
  • 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 22, Castleford 12 (SLR4, 22/4/21)
  • Wigan 30, Castleford 22 (SLR18, 29/8/20) (at Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington)
  • Castleford 16, Wigan 12 (SLR2, 7/2/20)

Super League summary:

  • Wigan wins: 44
  • Castleford wins: 17
  • Draws: 3
Coaches Quotes

Matt Peet spoke to the press on Wednesday afternoon ahead of the clash against the Tigers.

Peet said: “There’s things that we did well that we’ll look to replicate and build on, but there’s also areas we can certainly improve and develop.”

On Castleford, Peet added: “They’re going to have improved and learned in order to be better, so we have to be the same.”

Read Peet’s pre-match quotes in full HERE.

Tickets

Join us on Friday night for a DW Stadium double-header as our Men’s and Women’s First Teams compete in Betfred Super League action.

Tickets, which include entry to both matches, remain available to purchase online HERE, over the phone on 01942 311111, or in person from the DW Stadium Ticket Office (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm).

Please note that turnstiles will be open from 5pm for entry ahead of the Women’s game.

Full ticketing information can be found HERE.

Fan Village

Our Fan Village will be open from 6pm on Friday evening to soak up all the pre-match atmosphere inside Robin Park Arena!

Our exclusive Wigan Warriors player cards make a return for the first time this season, with supporters able to collect the first two players. Please note that a maximum of one player card will be distributed per person, and cards will be located in the Fan Village, our Robin Park Arena Club Store, as well as all bars pre and post-match.

Supporters can listen to live music inside the Fan Village from Cool Cats Covers Band, and our two on-site bars will be in operation from when doors open. Food will also be available out on the running track. Please note that our Fan Village bars only accept card payments.

Between 6-7pm, all children are invited to take part in our Community Foundation led activities, which includes our try scoring inflatable, wheelchair rugby, and our Davanti Tyres passing challenge. Places are limited, and we ask that interested participants meet at the red Community Foundation gazebo on the running track.

Kit Check

The Warriors will return to playing in their traditional Cherry & White home kit for Friday’s fixture.

Not got yours? All our 2024 Kappa match and training wear is available to purchase in-store and online HERE.

Match Officials

James Vella has been selected as the referee in charge, whilst Aaron Moore has been named as the video referee.

How to Follow

Watch Live

Supporters can watch the match live on Super League + with individual game passes available to purchase now for £6.99 HERE. Game passes will increase to £9.99 on gameday, with monthly and annual passes also available.

The clash will also be shown live on Sky Sports Arena from 7:55pm.

Listen Live

Listen to free audio commentary of Wigan Warriors v Castleford Tigers from 7:50pm via our Mixlr page HERE. Free audio commentary of Wigan Warriors Women v Barrow Raiders Women will also be available from 5:20pm.

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 (www.wiganwarriors.com) – post-match reaction including match report, and head coach and players reaction.
Thursday 18 April 2024