SL Preview: Castleford v Wigan

Castleford welcome back Rangi Chase to the side for their home fixture against the Wigan Warriors on Sunday.

The Tigers will look to build on a respectable 17-17 draw last time at home against the Catalan Dragons.

Wigan however will be looking for back to back wins following their 48-18 hammering of London Broncos.

England International, Chase will return to the side having completed his two-match suspension replacing loan signing Gareth O’Brien.

Forward Weller Hauraki has shaken off a nose injury to make the 19-man cut, as does Jacob Emmitt who makes his first appearance of the season in place of Jonathan Walker.

Wigan Warriors received a blow this week after Lee Mossop dislocated his shoulder in the previous win and faces a spell on the sidelines. Scott Taylor is likely to replace the injured Mossop and Welsh international Rhodri Lloyd is hoping for his first appearance of the campaign.

Castleford Tigers 19-man squad: Owen, Carney, Shenton, Webster, Dixon, Chase, Ellis, Clark, Huby, Gilmour, Hauraki, Millington, Emmitt, Milner, Massey, Holmes, Thompson, Tansey, Mason

Wigan Warriors 19-man squad: Burke, Charnley, Crosby, Dudson, Farrell, Flower, Green, Hughes, Mcllorum, O’Loughlin, Powell, Richards, Smith, Lloyd, Taylor, Thornley, L Tomkins, S Tomkins, Tuson

Prediction: Even with Rangi Chase back in the Cas side I can’t see Wigan losing this game.


Castleford are seeking their first win over Wigan in nine matches on Sunday.

The Warriors have won seven of the last eight meetings between the sides, to go with a 22-22 draw at The PROBIZ Coliseum (as it was then known) on 12 June, 2011.

The Tigers’ last victory against the Warriors was 28-22 at the JJB Stadium (as it was then known) on 20 February, 2009. They are without a home win against Wigan in five games – with their last home victory coming 38-18 on 19 March, 2006 – with the sides also fighting out another draw in 2008 (22-22 again).

Wigan’s Josh Charnley has scored tries in his last five games against Castleford as follows: 3-1-2-2-1. The hat-trick he scored was while on loan at Hull KR in 2010.

Super League summary:

Castleford won 7 (includes win in 1999 play-offs)
Wigan won 25 (includes wins in 2002 and 2009 play-offs)
3 draws
Castleford highest score: 38-18 (H, 2006) (also widest margin)
Wigan highest score: 54-12 (H, 2001) (Widest margin: 54-12, H, 2001; 46-4, A, 2012)

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