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Match Preview: Castleford (A) 22.06.08 @ The Jungle
Posted by Bilko on June 19 2008 - 13:40

Castleford Tigers v Wigan Warriors - Super League XIII Round 18..
Sunday 22nd June 2008. Kick Off 3:30pm at The Jungle.

Was I the only one in Perpignan last weekend dreaming of Castleford? :D

Cas have been a weird side this season. At times they've looked embarrassing but yet they've deservedly beaten both Leeds and St Helens at The Jungle and of course they beat Warrington away last month.

They are 3 points adrift at the bottom of the table though and had relegation been in force they'd be going down to National League 1 again - simple as that.

But relegation isn't in force and the pressure is off and that makes this trip all the more difficult. Especially as Castleford's supporters remain bitter over the 2006 salary cap infringement by Wigan (which was penalised in 2007) that kept us up and they say helped send them down.

Like I said earlier in the year I do have some sympathy but the fact remains  they beat us both times during that season. It'd be a more valid argument if we've have taken points off them but late that season they had two chances to survive by beating Wakefield and they failed miserably both times. In fact it was the three defeats to Wakefield that ultimately cost them their Super League place.

Relegation though perhaps did them a few favours. It allowed them to blood young talent like Joe Westerman and Michael Shenton.

Westerman is a class act already despite not turning 19 till November. He has natural talent but he also has an immense work rate. He is the Super Leagues Top Tackler - which is no mean feat. He has made 42 tackles more than anyone else and has an average of 32.4 tackles per match. For me he's got to be given a World Cup place. If they can play Sam Burgess so young - they can play this fella!

For Wigan to win this match they need to massively improve on last weeks poor defence effort in France. If we are going to have an all out attack game like that again - Cas will compete with us.

Where they can't compete is defence. The Tigers are conceding almost 10 points per match more than the second worst defence in the league (Huddersfield). 34.6 points conceded per match is atrocious. Every time they've won this year they've had to score over 30 to do so and twice they have scored over 30 and lost, at home!

If Wigan can sort the defence, which they've proved they can in recent past, we'll win this easy. If our defence is poor Cas could well get another top 6 scalp.

Defence is the key because in attack we're starting to pick up. We've scored 38 in each of our last three league matches and this is a great chance to score over 30 again. The last time we scored over 30 in four consecutive matches was July 2004 and the fourth victory came would you believe against Castleford. Let's hope history repeats itself!

Match Referee

Ben Thaler  - Age 26
First Pro Game: Leigh v York - July 1st 2001
First Super League Game: London 70 Leigh 16 - May 29th 2005
First Wigan Game: Wigan 38 Hull FC 16 - 15th September 2006

2008 Record with this Referee


Result Pens
Hull KR (H) Won 18-12 11 7 18
Bradford (A) Lost 12-26 5 13 18
Wakefield (A) Won 38-30 10 8 18

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Current Super League XIII League Positions

  Team P W D L F A Diff Pts
5th Wigan Warriors 16 9 0 7 381 403 -22 18
12th Castleford Tigers 17 3 0 14 329 581 -252 6

League Head to Head Records

Record P Wigan Opposition Draws Success
All Time 99 62 33 4 64.6%
All Time in Cas 52 28 23 1 54.8%
Super League 25 18 6 1 74%
SL in Cas 12 8 3 1 70.8%

Wigan Form Guide - Last Six Matches

Date Opposition Competition Result Score
14th June 2008 Catalans (A) SL13 Round 17 Lost 38-45
31st May 2008 Leeds (A) C.Cup 1/4 Final Lost 16-23
25th May 2008 Wakefield (A) SL13 Round 15 Won 38-30
16th May 2008 Warrington (H) SL13 Round 14 Won 38-14
12th May 2008 Whitehaven (H) C.Cup Round 5 Won 100-8
4th May 2008 St Helens (N) SL13 Round 13 Lost 16-57

Opposition Form Guide - Last Six Matches

Date Opposition Competition Result Score
15th June 2008 Hull FC (A) SL13 Round 17 Lost 14-40
7th June 2008 Wakefield (H) SL13 Round 16 Lost 16-32
26th May 2008 Warrington (A) SL13 Round 15 Won 36-28
18th May 2008 Bradford (H) SL13 Round 16 Lost 24-46
3rd May 2008 Wakefield (N) SL13 Round 15 Lost 16-54
26th April 2008 Catalans (A) SL13 Round 15 Lost 30-38

Last 6 Meetings at The Jungle

Date Opposition
19th March 2006 Castleford Tigers 38 Wigan Warriors 18
1st May 2004 Castleford Tigers 28 Wigan Warriors 42
21st September 2003 Castleford Tigers 16 Wigan Warriors 23
23rd February 2003 Castleford Tigers 19 Wigan Warriors 10
18th July 2002 Castleford Tigers 18 Wigan Warriors 18
9th September 2001 Castleford Tigers 22 Wigan Warriors 30

Super League 13 Stats

- Wigan Castleford
Attacking Rank 6th of 12 2nd Worst in League
Av. Pts Scored Per Game 23.8 19.3
Tries Scored 62 69
Defensive Rank 3rd Worst in League Worst in League
Av. Pts Conc. Per Game 25.1 34.1
Tries Conceded 68 100
Home/Away Record 3rd Best in League (4/9) Worst in League (2/6)
Top 6 Try Scorers Pat Richards 9
George Carmont 7
Liam Colbon 6
Harrison Hansen 5
George Carmont 5
Thomas Leuluai 5
Luke Dorn 11
Joe Westerman 9
Michael Shenton 7
Ryan McGoldrick 5
Peter Lupton 5
Richard Owen 4
Top Goal Scorer Pat Richards 65 Joe Westerman 26
Goal Kick Success 66 from 81 - 81.4% 42 from 63 - 66.6%
Top Points Scorer Pat Richards 166 Joe Westerman 88
Top Try Assists Trent Barrett 13 Brent Sherwin 15
Top Meter Maker Iafeta Paleaaesina 1811m Ryan McGoldrick 1960m
Top Ball Carries Thomas Leuluai 277 Ryan McGoldrick 307
Top Tackler Harrison Hansen 485 Joe Westerman 551
Top Offloader Iafeta Paleaaesina 28 Awen Guttenbeil 23
Top Attack Kicks Trent Barrett 69 Brent Sherwin 85
Top Dummy Half Runs Mick Higham 104 Andrew Henderson 113
Top Tackle Busts Iafeta Paleaaesina 60 No One Listed
Top Marker Tackles Harrison Hansen 59 Joe Westerman 55
Top Clean Breaks George Carmont 13 Joe Westerman 19
Top 40/20 Kicker None so Far Luke Dorn 1
Top General Kicks Trent Barrett 109 Brent Sherwin 125
Top Missed Goals Pat Richards 14 Joe Westerman 14
Top Missed Tackles Sean O'Loughlin 42 Brent Sherwin 34
Top Errors O'Loughlin/Leuluai 15 Ryan McGoldrick 21
Top Penalty Conceder Higham/Bailey 16 Michael Korkidas 16

Red Highlighted denotes League Leader.
Full Stats are on www.superleague.co.uk


Pat Richards: Scored in each of his last 4 away matches (not including neutral Cardiff)
Andy Coley: Scored in consecutive league away games.


Mick Higham has not scored in his last 32 away matches since Apr 2006.(not including neutral venues)

Sitting in a bath of ice....

Stuart Fielden: 46 appearances since he scored twice at Odsal - Feb 24 07

Ticket Details

Stand ConAdultsiors Concessions/Students
Terrace £15 £8

The Jungle

The ground is a old fashioned venue with standard Yorkshire roofless away end. To be truthful they are in desperate need of a new stadium but they genuinely make an effort at the Jungle with a nice Beer Tent and couple of there's a kids play area. The stadium car park is one of the biggest pains in the arse in the world. They park the coaches right at the back and it often takes 20-30 minutes for the place to empty before coaches can leave.

Directions By Car: Leave the M62 at Junction 31. Navigate the junction by following signs for Castleford which will put you onto Whitwood Common Lane heading north. Follow the road up the hill to the roundabout at the top. Go straight on at the roundabout onto Lumley St. Follow this road into the town centre. Keep going, over the level crossing and past the bus station, to the mini roundabout at the very end. Turn right, passing the Crimea Tavern and Allinsons Flourmill on your left. On the right you'll see a large car park (which you may want to consider using as it's only a short walk to the ground from here). Carry on to the roundabout and go straight forward onto Wheldon Road. Follow the road up for about 1/4 mile and the ground is on your right. On site parking (fee applies) is via the training field entrance, on the right after the ground.

Car Parking: The club opens the training field adjacent to ground on match days, and there is also ample side street parking.

Nearest Train Station: The nearest train station to the ground is Castleford. It is about a 10 minute walk from the station to the ground.

UK Media Coverage

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Local Radio Full Match Commentary BBC Radio Manchester
Radio at Venue Some Match Commentary BBC Radio Leeds 92.4FM
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International TV Coverage


Best Match Betting with oddschecker.com

Team Odds Firm
Wigan 2/9 Sky Bet
Castleford 7/2 Bet 365
Match Draw 25/1 Bet 365

Best Handicap Match Betting with oddschecker.com

Castleford have a 12 point start with Bet 365 & Boyle Sports

Bilko's Statistical prediction.

The stats suggest a Wigan win by 14 points.

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