Wigan Warriors vs Castleford Tigers Super League Semi Final Preview

This is a game of high expectation for both Wigan and Castleford In Fridays semi final at the DW stadium (19.45 kick off)
It’s difficult to speculate on who is the better team and in this instance it simply comes down to the “ next 80 minutes.

For Wigan inspirational captain Sean O’Loughlin returns from a calf injury and his all round experience as a grand final winning captain could be critical. Two other seasoned veterans Thomas Leuluai and Liam Farrell also return to the squad.

Wigan are essentially the modern day Kings of the grand final and will be hoping to make their 10th appearance in rugby leagues premier event.

Castleford meanwhile have also had a tremendous season yet again and will be hoping to avoid a similar slip up to last week when defeated 26-0 by St Helens.

Mike McKeekan, Greg Eden, Oliver Holmes, Michael Shenton and Matt Cook all return from last weeks loss.

There are form players all over the pitch on both teams who could turn this game at any time. Tom Davies and Dom Manfredi will be the equal of Greg Eden and that “hard nosed” Wigan pack featuring Tony Clubb, Ben Flower, Taulima Tautai and Sean O’Loughlin are as strong and dominant on their day as and Super League pack.

The Tigers however match them with Oliver Holmes , Mike McKeekan, Adam Milner and Paul McShane looking to make a point to international coaches and selectors.

For Wigan Morgan Escare has been outstanding and Sam Tomkins of course remains a quality player. Joe Greenwood in the Wigan second row has been a tremendous addition to the attacking options for the home team and Castleford will need to watch him closely.

Equally Peter Mata’utia has been exceptional and his running lines will be a threat right up to the final whistle.

For Wigan lots of people will potentially saying farewell to this club in this game and Castleford will be keen to avenge last years grand final loss.

Literally this is anybody’s game and I will stick my neck out and predict a 1-4 point victory for the Tigers guided by Luke Gale, Paul McShane and Adam Milner.

Wigan Warriors 19-man squad: John Bateman, Tony Clubb, Tom Davies, Morgan Escare, Liam Farrell, Ben Flower, Oliver Gildart, Joe Greenwood, Gabe Hamlin, Tommy Leuluai, Dom Manfredi, Romain Navarrete, Sean O'Loughlin, Sam Powell, Dan Sarginson, Ryan Sutton, Taulima Tautai, Sam Tomkins, George Williams.

Castleford Tigers 19-man squad:James Clare, Mitch Clark, Matt Cook, Greg Eden, Luke Gale, Oliver Holmes, Nathan Massey, Peter Mata'utia, Mike McMeeken, Paul McShane, Grant Millington, Adam Milner, Greg Minikin, Ben Roberts, Jesse Sene-Lefao, Michael Shenton, Joe Wardle, Liam Watts, Jake Webster.

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