Date: Sunday 18th March 2018
Kick Off: 15:30
Venue: The Mend-a-Hose Jungle (Castleford)
TV: Highlights on The Super League Show (BBC 1) and Super League Fulltime (SkySports)
Radio: Live on BBC Local Radio and via the BBC Website
Castleford Tigers v Wigan Warriors
The Castleford Tigers welcome the Wigan Warriors to the Mend-a-Hose Jungle for one of the stand of ties of round 6 from the Rugby Super League.
The Tigers have seemingly gotten over their low start to the season and now come into the game in good form, but they are still far behind the team of last season that blitz all in front of them. This is the home sides toughest test since the opening round of the season when they lost heavily at St Helens, so it will be fascinating to see just how far they have progressed since then.
For Wigan, this is also a great opportunity for them to show that they can pick up wins away from the DW Stadium as they have looked a different side on the road not just only this season but last year as well.
Both teams go into the game full of confidence and riding high in the table and with the Easter Double Header soon upon us, the winner of this will get a great confidence boost that could just determine the rest of the season for them.
Castleford have won 3 of their opening 4 matches and have won all of their home matches this season.
The Warriors have won 4 from 5 this season but just 1 on the road- although they did win a ‘home’ game in Sydney.
The Castleford Tigers make just the 1 change for this one with Gadwin Springer replacing the suspended Oliver Holmes.
Wigan make 2 changes with Liam Marshall and Gabe Hamlin dropping out and Craig Mullen and Callum Field coming in.
This is one of those matches that is just 2 close to call. Both sides are full of quality, both are playing themselves into form and both are no where near their full capability.
The Tigers have turned around a dismal start and are now starting to control games for longer spells whilst the Warriors are still struggling for 80 minute performances, with their quality and belief getting them over the line despite continuing to give their opposition chances.
The Warriors have had to chase down half time deficits for the last 2 games and if they do that away at the Tigers, Castleford have the quality to keep out in front and to claim the 2 point son offer.
The Tigers, when on form, do like to come out quick and to make strong starts and when coupled with the issues for the Warriors, we feel that is where the game will be one and loss but the away side will pull things back and we expect a tight win that will be the balance throughout.
Score Prediction Castleford Tigers by 6