Castleford Tigers Preview

Castleford Tigers Preview

Everything you need to know for Saturday’s Betfred Super League clash between Wigan Warriors and Castleford Tigers.

The Brief

Wigan Warriors host Castleford Tigers on Saturday in Round 13 of the Betfred Super League.

The two sides go head-to-head just three weeks after the meeting at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle, where the Tigers won 38-28.

Adrian Lam’s team put an end to a three-match losing run last time out, as a last-gasp try from Zak Hardaker saw the Warriors claim a dramatic victory at Salford Red Devils.

Castleford go into the clash at the DW Stadium off the back of a disappointing 37-16 defeat in France against Catalans Dragons.

22,050 fans filled the most recent game at the DW Stadium for the Good Friday Derby against St Helens.

Depending on other results, Wigan can move up to 7th in the league with a win, while Castleford could go up to 3rd if they were to pick up the two points.

It’s a repeat of last year’s play-off semi-final…can the Warriors build momentum from Monday’s win or will the Tigers bite back following their recent loss?

Team News

Adrian Lam is boosted with the return of Dan Sarginson from an ankle injury and Sam Powell, who has served a two-match suspension following a dangerous tackle in the game against Wakefield Trinity two weeks ago.

Youngsters Harry Smith and Amir Bourouh are replaced by Sarginson and Powell in the 19-man squad.

Jarrod Sammut (knee), Tom Davies (ankle), Dom Manfredi (knee), Tony Clubb (knee), Liam Farrell (pectoral), Romain Navarrete (knee) all remain out.

Here is Wigan’s 19-man squad:

The Opposition

Castleford currently sit in 4th place in the Betfred Super League after seven wins and five defeats from their 12 games so far.

Four of the Tigers’ losses have came away from home, as their two victories on the road came at the start of the 2019 campaign when they were undefeated in the opening five games.

It has been their home form which has seen Darrell Powell’s men climb to the top four, as they have collected ten points from a possible 12 at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle.

Darrell Powell has been Head Coach of Castleford since 2013.

In team news, Junior Moors will miss the trip to the DW Stadium, after picking up a one-match suspension. Michael Shenton has also dropped out after going off injured in the Tigers’ last outing at Catalans.

Youngsters Calum Turner and Jacques O’Neill return to Powell’s 19-man squad.

Here is Castleford’s 19-man squad:

Did You Know?

Castleford Head Coach, Darrell Powell, played alongside Wigan’s Head of Performance, Mick Cassidy, and Executive Director, Kris Radlinski, for England in the 1995 World Cup, which was based on home soil.

Warriors boss, Adrian Lam, captained Papa New Guinea in the same World Cup and was named at scrum-half in the Team of the Tournament.

Previous Meetings

The most recent meeting between Wigan and Castleford came in March as the Tigers claimed the two points with a 38-28 win.

Tries from Joe Greenwood and George Williams, as well as braces by Oliver Gildart and Joe Burgess was not enough as the Tigers staged a second half comeback at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle.

George Williams (centre) has scored eight tries in 12 Betfred Super League games in 2019.

The most previous meeting between the sides at the DW Stadium came in the 2018 Betfred Super League play-off semi-final where the Warriors triumphed 14-0 to progress to the Grand Final.

Tries from Tommy Leuluai and Sam Tomkins, as well as two goals and two drop-goals from the latter saw Wigan through to Old Trafford.

Castleford have the better form in the last ten meetings in all competitions against the Warriors, having won six, including all three in the league in 2017.

However, the Tigers have failed to win at the DW Stadium since September 2017, as Wigan triumphed in all three last year.

Overall in Super League, Wigan have the advantage over their upcoming opponents:

Form Guide

Wigan’s last six games:

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  • Salford Red Devils 22-30 Wigan Warriors, AJ Bell Stadium, 24th March 2019
  • Wigan Warriors 42-0 Catalans Dragons, DW Stadium, 31st March 2019
  • Castleford Tigers 38-28 Wigan Warriors, The Mend-A-Hose Jungle, 5th April 2019
  • Wakefield Trinity 30-20 Wigan Warriors, The Mobile Rocket Stadium, 12th April 2019
  • Wigan Warriors 10-36 St Helens, DW Stadium, 19th April 2019
  • Salford Red Devils 26-30 Wigan Warriors, AJ Bell Stadium, 22nd April 2019

Castleford’s last six games:

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  • Castleford Tigers 12-42 St Helens, The Mend-A-Hose Jungle, 22nd March 2019
  • Leeds Rhinos 21-20 Castleford Tigers, Emerald Headingley Stadium, 28th March 2019
  • Castleford Tigers 38-28 Wigan Warriors, The Mend-A-Hose Jungle, 5th April 2019
  • Huddersfield Giants 20-18 Castleford Tigers, The John Smith’s Stadium, 11th April 2019
  • Castleford Tigers 28-26 Wakefield Trinity, The Mend-A-Hose Jungle, 18th April 2019
  • Catalans Dragons 37-16 Castleford Tigers, Stade Gilbert Brutus, 22nd April 2019

The Stats

Ben Flower needs one appearance to reach 250 for his career.

The 31-year-old also needs one appearance to reach 200 in Super League (including play-offs & Super League Super 8s). Flower has featured in 149 for the Warriors, whilst playing 50 times for Crusaders.

Joe Greenwood needs one appearance to reach 150 for his career.

The 26-year-old has played 20 times for Wigan (2018-2019), 22 for Gold Coast Titans (2017), 77 for St Helens (2012-2017), 24 for Rochdale Hornets (2013-2014, duel-registration), five for Whitehaven (2013, duel-registration) and once for England (2018).

Click HERE to read Greenwood’s latest blog in the bi-weekly feature, Joe Blogs.

Oliver Gildart needs one appearance to reach 100 for the Warriors.

The England international made his Cherry and White debut in August 2015, where he scored a try in the 28-0 win at Warrington.

Click HERE to find out what Gildart has to say ahead of Saturday’s game.

Coach Quotes

Ahead of Saturday’s game, Adrian Lam admitted he has a good idea of what to expect from the Tigers.

He said: “I think they will play in a similar way to the way they did last time. They lost against Catalans so they will definitely come fired up.

“The main lesson is to defend better. We’ve got a particular style and structure we want to defend.

“Under pressure we are just not holding up through the middle; that’s not structure it’s just attitude. We had a pretty long meeting just talking about it.

“I’m not really worried about them (Castleford) to be honest. We went there with a plan last time and it worked for the most part. But, we got caught out through the middle because of the amount of young players we had out there.”

Click HERE to read Lam’s full preview.

Match Officials

Saturday’s referee is Chris Kendall. His touch judges are Richard Thompson and Dean Bowmer. The video referee is James Child.

Chris Kendall.

Tickets

Tickets are available from:

  • Adults - £23
  • Over 60s - £17
  • 16-21s - £16
  • Juniors for £10
  • Under 5s go free

Membership holders can get a reduced price on their match ticket. For more information, please visit our Matchday Tickets page HERE.

You can get tickets for this fixture in a number of ways. Buy online by clicking HERE, call the DW Stadium Ticket Office on 01942 311111 or visit the ticket office in person.

Pay on the gate will be available on the East and South Stands on the day of the game. West Stand tickets must be purchased from the main ticket office.

Travel

Whether you are arriving by plane, train or automobile, you can find all the information on how to reach the DW Stadium HERE.

For those looking to catch the bus, the club has a number of organised routes to enable fans to get to the Stadium in plenty of time. You can find all of the information HERE.

Please note that for Saturday’s game, the club is only running the Route 1 from Westhoughton.

How to Follow

You can follow every piece of the action on our social media channels and website.

Wigan TV

Highlights will be on Wigan TV within two hours after the game and extended highlights 24 hours later. There will also be post-match interviews available, giving Warriors fans comprehensive coverage that you’ll not find anywhere else.

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