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Match Preview: Castleford (A) - 26th February 2012 at Probiz Coliseum
Posted by cherryandwhite on February 24 2012 - 12:50

Castleford Tigers v Wigan Warriors - Stobart Super League XVII Round 3.
Sunday 26th February 2012. Kick Off 3:30pm at Probiz Coliseum.

Match Preview

Well its sure to be an emotional afternoon at Castleford on Sunday following the shock death of head coach Ian Millward's 19 year old son Robbie last weekend. It's fair to say Ian's reign as Wigan coach didn't go too well but I always have respect for him after he turned up in the South Stand bar following a 24-12 home loss to Warrington and took a dog load of abuse off Wigan fans. It took a man to come out and confront that, as I wrote in my match report at the time. I still say it should have been chairman Maurice facing the flak but it all pales into insignificance when compared to a tragedy like this. I can only offer deepest sympathy to him and his family at this time. A minutes applause will be held before the game for Robbie, at the request of the Millward family

Ian will obviously be absent for this game, so Stuart Donlan and Danny Orr are taking charge of what will obviously be an emotionally driven Castleford side. In theory this should make it a tougher afternoon for Wigan but Castleford has never really been an easy trip so it shouldn't be a surprise. It's up to us to just go and do a professional job and get the two points.

After our trip to Bradford, I came off the park with one big question. How the bloody hell did Castleford lose to them the week before? They did put up a damn go show in France last week however. It took a three try recovery for Catalan to beat them 28-20.

Now, you all will have your opinions over the Rangi Chase man of steel award but if that award is for "most valuable player" then perhaps their is no argument. This year his stats match that of Sam Tomkins despite him being in a far poorer team but with one added bonus..............a quality kicking game. Its a kicking game that leads the league. He is also the top try assister so far. It perhaps points to them being a one man team? So its our job to get him stopped!

Veteran ex Wigan player Danny Orr still remains alongside Chase in the halves, but at almost 34 it'll be interesting to see how effective he can still be. The rest of the Cas squad seems pretty young this year with a hefty chunk having progressed through the clubs youth system.

Wigan in comparison cannot move for experience and that should be enough to take us to victory. I think our pack should roll over this opposition and if that happens our triangle in the backs of Sam Tomkins, Josh Charnley and Pat Richards could have another field day.

It'll be interesting to see if the forwards can keep up their ratio of try scoring so far this year. Very early days still but they have scored 7 between them so far, which is 43.7% of our overall total. That is a significant increase from the 26.6% of tries scored by forwards last year. I hope they can keep that up! I think we tended to over rely on tries from the two wingers and full back under Madge, so if we can prove more potent up the middle it'll be a good feather to our cap. Too early to say though whether that'll be the norm or just the fact Bradford were so bloody awful last week it fudged the figures but we shall see.

Anyway got to be honest, I will be disappointed if Wigan don't win. They looked to be hitting their straps after a sloppy start last week at Odsal and I'm hoping for more of that. Lack of funds means it's still up in the air whether make the game. If I do it'll be updates as usual - if not it'll be the radio for me and I'll need a trainee match reporter!!!!

19 Man Squads

IN:l (No Changes)
OUT:l (No Changes)

Sam Tomkins, Josh Charnley, Darrell Goulding, Pat Richards, Brett Finch, Thomas Leuluai, Michael McIlorum, Lee Mossop, Harrison Hansen, Gareth Hock, Sean O'Loughlin, Jeff Lima, Liam Farrell, Chris Tuson, Epalahame Lauaki, Ben Flower, Anthony Gelling, Joe Mellor, Jack Hughes


(No Changes)


(No Changes)


Richard Owen, Joe Arundel, Kirk Dixon, Josh Griffin, Rangi Chase, Danny Orr, Jake Emmitt, Daryl Clark, Brett Ferres, Jonathan Walker, Steve Snitch, Stuart Jones, Adam Milner, Lee Mitchell, Oliver Holmes, Nathan Massey, Ryan McGoldrick, Steve Nash, James Grehan.

Match Referee

Thierry Alibert (France) - Age 41
First Pro Game: Northern Ford Premiership Match - 2001
First Super League Game: Leeds 46 Huddersfield 8 - 11th July 2008
First Wigan Game: Harlequins 18 Wigan 24 - 28th February 2009

Wigan's Record when this referee is appointed

Wigan have Won 12 and Lost 3 from 15 appointments.
This Season: Won 1 and Lost 0 from 1 appointment.

Video Referee

Not in use for this fixture

Current Super League XVII League Positions

  Team P W D L F A Diff Pts
4th Wigan Warriors 3 2 0 1 90 40 +50 4
10th Castleford Tigers 3 1 0 2 56 58 -2 2

Wigan v Castleford Player Stat Leaders

- Wigan Castleford League Leader
Top Try Scorer Josh Charnley 5

Josh Griffin 5

(2 Players) 5
Top Goal Scorer Pat Richards 12

Kirk Dixon 8

Danny Brough 16
Top Points Scorer Pat Richards 28

Josh Griffin 20

Danny Brough 32
Top Try Assister S.Tomkins/B.Finch 4

Rangi Chase 6

Rangi Chase 6
Top Metre Maker Sam Tomkins 453m

Josh Griffin 436m

James Roby 493m
Top Ball Carrier Sam Tomkins 65

Rangi Chase 68

James Roby 91
Top Tackle Buster Sam Tomkins 16

Rangi Chase 10

Sam Tomkins 16
Top Clean Breaker S.Tomkins/P.Richards 4

Danny Orr 3

(4 Players) 4
Top Offloader Gareth Hock 8

Danny Orr 5

Gareth Hock 8
Top Attacking Kicker Brett Finch 14

Rangi Chase 31

Rangi Chase 31
Top General Kicker Brett Finch 24

Rangi Chase 39

Rangi Chase 39
Top DH Runner Mike McIlorum 44

Daryl Clark 32

James Roby 82
Top Tackler Harrison Hansen 106

O.Holmes/L.Mitchell 94

Rhys Lovegrove 133
Top Marker Tackler Ben Flower 18

Lee Mithcell 18

Jon Wilkin 28
Worst Miss Tackler M.McIlorum/G.Hock 6

Danny Orr 6

(2 Players) 11
Most Errors T.Leuluai/G.Hock 6

Rangi Chase 7

Craig Hall 8
Most Pens Conceded Lee Mossop 4

J.Emmitt/R.Chase 3

Josh Hodgson 7

Super League Era Head to Head Record including Play Offs

Overall Played 33 Wigan 23 Wins Castleford 7 Wins 3 Draws
At Castleford Played 10 Wigan 10 Wins Castleford 3 Wins 3 Draws

Super League Era - Average Final Score

Overall Since 1996 Castleford Tigers 18 Wigan Warriors 27
At Castleford since 1996 Castleford Tigers 20 Wigan Warriors 25
Overall Last Five Years Castleford Tigers 21 Wigan Warriors 27
At Castleford Last Five Years Castleford Tigers 23 Wigan Warriors 27

Last Six Meetings at Probiz Coliseum

Date Opposition Report
12th June 2011 Castleford Tigers 22 Wigan Warriors 22 Click Here
21st Mar 2010 Castleford Tigers 22 Wigan Warriors 36 Click Here
23rd Aug 2009 Castleford Tigers 26 Wigan Warriors 29 Click Here
22nd June 2008 Castleford Tigers 22 Wigan Warriors 22 Click Here
19th Mar 2006 Castleford Tigers 38 Wigan Warriors 18 Click Here
1st May 2004 Castleford Tigers 28 Wigan Warriors 42 Click Here

Ticket Details

Stand ConAdultsiors Over 60s/Students Under 16s
Terrace £20 (£18 in Advance) ?12 (?10 in Advance) ?12 (?10 in Advance)

UK TV Coverage

Highlights Sunday 9:30pm
Highlights Monday 11:35pm -

Radio Commentary

102.4 Wish FM - Full Match Commentary with Mark Wilson on air from 3:20pm.

BBC Radio Manchester (95.1FM) - Main Commentary Match whilst also covering Warrington v Hull KR from 3pm.

Bilko's Statistical prediction.

The stats suggest a Wigan Win by 16-18 Points.

Weather Forecast

Clear Day. Not too cold.

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