Amanda Wilkinson previews Sunday’s game against Castleford Women
Warriors won last six league matches in a row
Warriors currently second in the table with a game in hand
Wigan Warriors Women prepare to face Castleford Tigers Women at the Robin Park Arena in the Women’s Super League on Sunday 9th September, as they aim to go top the table with the end of the season approaching.
Amanda Wilkinson’s side have won their last six league games, putting on some confident and composed displays to find themselves at the top end of the table in their opening season. The Warriors sit level on points with St Helens Women, though have a game in hand which could see the Cherry & Whites go top of the table if the results fall their way.
HEAD TO HEAD
In the first meeting between the two sides, it was points shared as Castleford forced a draw with a last-minute try. Georgia Wilson, Rachel Thompson and Gemma Walsh were all on the scoreboard on the day but it wasn’t enough to claim the win back in May.
The Warriors come into the game with some confidence, after beating Leeds and local rivals St Helens in recent weeks. The Tigers, who currently sit fourth on the ladder with two games in hand come into the fixture with a win, draw and a loss on their tally from their last few games.
Looking ahead to the game, head coach Amanda Wilkinson said: “We’ve prepared well on the back of winning the derby against St Helens. After a win like that you’ve got to bring them back round and get them refocused on the next challenge.”
“We’ve been doing a lot of work on our attack, it’s that time of the season where we’ve got to go out and we’ve got to concentrate for the first time on winning rather than about performance. It’s a must win game for us, which puts a bit of pressure on us but it’s just about how we deal with that pressure.”
On the last meeting between the pair, she said: “When we last played Castleford we were definitely a different team to what we are now, we’ve had a couple of changes in the squad since then. For Amanda (Sibbald) and Claire (Hall) it was the first game they were involved in since coming out of retirement, and we had a few other debuts, so I think we have got a lot stronger since then.”
“We’ve played a lot more games and that makes us feel that bit more experienced as a team now.”
The Warriors have the chance to leapfrog St Helens to go top of the league, on whether this will affect the performance, Wilkinson added: “We were underdogs coming into this season, but now things have started to change and the prospect of possibly going top of the league is definitely going to be at the back of our minds. it’s about the coaches and staff preparing them mentally and physically that no matter what we have to put a performance in and hopefully come out with the two points.”
The game takes place at the Robin Park Arena, Wigan on Sunday 9th September with a 2pm kick off.