Castleford Tigers Preview

Castleford Tigers Preview

The Brief

Wigan Warriors welcome Castleford Tigers to the DW Stadium for the final game of the regular Betfred Super League season.

This will be the third meeting between the sides this season, with a win each in the previous encounters.

Adrian Lam’s side came away victorious when the Tigers last visited the DW back in April, with a low scoring 6-4 win.

Meanwhile Daryl Powell’s side came from behind for a 38-28 win to claim the two points in the game at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle.

The DW Stadium

Following Friday’s 46-12 win over Catalans Dragons, the Warriors took another step closer to confirming second spot in the Betfred Super League table.

They currently sit two points ahead of Warrington Wolves in third, and a victory at the DW Stadium on Thursday would secure the position.

Team News

Sean O’Loughlin and Ben Flower are both included in Wigan’s 19-man squad, replacing the injured Liam Marshall and suspended Liam Farrell.

The Opposition

Castleford currently sit in fifth in the Betfred Super League table and will be desperate for a victory in order to confirm their place the playoffs.

Last time out, the Tigers beat Hull FC, who are also fighting for fifth, 44-12 at Mend-a-Hose Jungle, to go two points ahead of Lee Radford’s side.

With that victory providing a huge boost in their top five hopes, Daryl Powell will hope his side can confirm their spot with a win this week.

Daryl Powell

Here is Castleford’s 19-man squad:

Did You Know?

This Thursday’s game will mark the 20-year anniversary of Wigan Warriors playing at the DW Stadium (originally the JJB Stadium). Coincidentally, their first ever game at the stadium was also against Castleford Tigers, a game that saw the travelling side come away with a win in the 1999 playoffs.

Previous Meetings

Overall in Super League, the history books lie with Wigan Warriors.

Last ten meetings:

  • Wigan 6, Castleford 4 (27/04/19)

  • Castleford 38, Wigan 28 (05/04/19)

  • Wigan 14, Castleford 0 (05/10/18)

  • Wigan 24, Castleford 22 (10/08/18)

  • Castleford 19, Wigan 18 (22/06/18)

  • Wigan 28, Castleford 12 (20/04/18)

  • Wigan 20, Castleford 38 (17/09/17)

  • Castleford 54, Wigan 4 (29/04/17)

  • Wigan 10, Castleford 27 (06/04/17)

  • Castleford 36, Wigan 22 (12/08/16)

Form Guide

Wigan’s last five games (Betfred Super League):

  • Hull FC 14-15 Wigan, SLR24, KCOM Stadium, 1st August 2019

  • Wigan 36-18 Hull KR, SLR25, DW Stadium, 9th August 2019

  • Wigan 20-6 Warrington, SLR26, DW Stadium, 16th August 2019

  • Wakefield 16-24 Wigan, SLR27, Mobile Rocket Stadium, 1st September 2019

  • Wigan 46-12 Catalans Dragons, SLR28, DW Stadium, 6th September 2019

Castleford Tigers last five games (Betfred Super League):

  • Hull KR 27-26 Castleford, SLR24, KCOM Craven Park, 4th August 2019

  • Castleford 20-6 London, SLR25, Mend-A-Hose Jungle, 10th August 2019

  • Huddersfield 0-24 Castleford, SLR26, John Smith’s Stadium, 18th August 2019

  • St Helens 4-0 Castleford, SLR27, Totally Wicked Stadium, 30th August 2019

  • Castleford 44-12 Hull FC, SLR28, Mend-A-Hose Jungle, 5th September 2019
Zak Hardaker in action against Castleford earlier this season

The Stats

Super League summary

  • Wigan won 35 (includes wins in 2002, 2009 and 2018 play-offs)

  • Castleford won 16 (includes win in 1999 play-offs)

  • 3 draws

  • Wigan highest score: 54-12 (H, 2001) (Widest margin: 54-12, H, 2001; 46-4, A, 2012)

  • Castleford highest score: 54-4 (H, 2017) (also widest margin)

Coach Quotes

Wigan have already welcomed Daryl Powell’s side to the DW Stadium once this season, winning 6-4 in difficult weather conditions.

Adrian Lam knows the quality that the opposition holds and knows that his side must be at their best to finish the campaign with two points.

“They are going pretty good Cas, it’ll be a tough game no doubt. They are desperate to finish in the five and they need to do that on Thursday night. They are a skilful side who have defended really well in the back end of the season. It was a tough win in torrential rain last time here over them.”

The Warriors Head Coach also praises the close competitiveness of Super League this season, plenty still to grab at both ends of the table.

“Everyone bar St Helens has something to play for this weekend. It’s been a great competition this year, it’s gone by really fast and it’s going down to the wire to see who finishes where on the table.”

Match Officials

The man in the middle on Thursday night is James Child. His touch judges are Clint Sharrad and Greg Dolan. The Video Referee is Ben Thaler.

James Child will referee Thursday’s game

Tickets

Tickets are available from the below prices.

• Adults - £23

• Over 60s - £17

• 16-21s - £16

• Juniors - £10

• Under 5s go free

For more information, click HERE

DON’T FORGET, if you are a 2019 season ticket holder, Thursday’s game is your last chance to redeem your Scrum tickets which allows holders to purchase x 6 additional tickets to the game for just £6 each

For more information, call 01942 311111.

Travel

The club operates three bus services to make it easier for fans to get to the DW Stadium on a match day. For more information, click HERE.

Pre-match entertainment

This week, Oasis Ltd (Oasis tribute band) will be bringing the DW Stadium renditions of Oasis’ brilliant back-catalogue. Frontman and former Wigan Warriors forward Andrew Isherwood will be performing as the lead singer of his tribute band Oasis Ltd.

Isherwood, who made 5 appearances for the Warriors during 1998 and 1999 is now enjoying life after rugby league.

Andrew Isherwood of Oasis Ltd

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.

Sign up to today by clicking HERE.

Other Fixtures

Important information RE pyrotechnics

Wigan Warriors would like to remind fans that the use of pyrotechnics are strictly forbidden both at the DW Stadium and at all away games.

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