SUPER LEAGUE PREVIEW | Wigan Warriors vs Castleford Tigers

Squad News

Wigan Warriors

Wigan make only one change from the side who victorious away at Headingley. Ben Flower is the man who returns into the 19-man squad as a replacement for Gabe Hamlin.

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Tom Davies is once again ruled out with an ankle injury, so Morgan Escare retains his place in the squad.

Wigan 19-Man squad: Bateman, Burgess, Clubb, Escare, Farrell, Flower, Gildart, Isa, Leuluai, Marshall, Navarrete, O’Loughlin, Powell, Sarginson, Sutton, Tautai, J Tomkins, S Tomkins, Williams.

Castleford Tigers

Daryl Powell names an unchanged squad from the one which ran out with a 41-0 victory over Catalan Dragons.

Both Gadwin Springer and Jamie Ellis will be hoping to be named in the final 17, both missed out last weekend and will be hopeful of an appearance this week.

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Castleford Tigers 19-Man squad: Clare, Cook, Ellis, Foster, Gale, Holmes, Massey, McMeeken, McShane, Millington, Milner, Minikin, Roberts, Shenton, Springer, Trueman, Wardle, Watts, Webster.

Head to Head

Over the past couple of seasons the Tigers have boasted a much better record against Wigan- after five defeats in a row against the Warriors, Cas have won four on the bounce and will be looking to replicate the streak of Shaun Wane’s side.

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Two of Wigan’s defeats came at the DW Stadium, something which the hosts will be hoping to eradicate and move on from.

If previous meetings are anything to go by, it looks like it will be a high scoring affair, with 8 of the last 9 meetings having 36 or more points, it looks like it could be a interesting contest to watch.

Key Battle- Ryan Sutton vs Liam Watts

Where the game could be won or lost is the forward battle, specifically between the props.

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Ryan Sutton is a player who has recently been talked about moving to NRL clubs, similar to current England stars James Graham and Sam Burgess.

Sutton has carried the ball strongly this year, helping his side with vital yardage, and has also crossed on three occasions so far in 2018.

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However, Liam Watts will be looking to stop Sutton and his Wigan team mates. Watts started the season for Hull FC, but was subsequently transferred to Castleford.

Since his move, Watts has only made two appearances due to suspension.

Despite his ill-discipline, Watts can be one of the best forwards in the league on his day, with strong drives and frequent offloads allows his side to get on the front foot.

The Important Details

Date: Friday 20 April
Venue: DW Stadium
Kick-off: 7:45pm
Referee: Chris Kendall


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