Saturday, 2 March 2013

Castleford v Wigan preview

Following on from their comfortable win over London last Sunday, Wigan travel to face Castleford at the Wish Communications stadium to try and ruin Cas' unbeaten home record which they luckily kept hold of in the stalemate with Catalans on Sunday.

Cas welcome back Rangi Chase who last season was rumoured to be a target for the Warriors after his suspension and Wigan bring in Rhodri Lloyd in place of the sidelined Lee Mossop.

Castleford: Owen, Carney, Shenton, Webster, Dixon, Chase, Ellis, Clark, Huby, Gilmour, Hauraki, Millington, Emmitt, Milner, Massey, Holmes, Thompson, Tansey, Mason.
Wigan : Burke, Charnley, Crosby, Dudson, Farrell, Flower, Green, Hughes, McIlorum, O'Loughlin, Powell, Richards, Smith, Lloyd, Taylor, Thornley, L. Tomkins, S. Tomkins, Tuson.

Both sides will be eager to build on good starts to the season and will hopefully repeat previous meeting in which there have been close games, one example being the 22-22 draw in 2011 when Cas came back from 22-4 to draw.

Even though it was barely 18 months ago, the sides have changed significantly with Wigan losing a lot of their stars including Finch and Joel Tomkins (both scorers in the 2011 meeting ) and Cas only retaining one of their scorer's from the day in the shape of Kirk Dixon.

One Tiger that Wigan will look out for is Michael Shenton (formerly of St Helens) who knows how to beat Wigan and will surely look to continue his winning run against the Warriors from last season.

So in terms of a prediction, I think it will be a close game and will go for Wigan by a couple of scores at Castleford 12 Wigan 30.