Wigan vs Castleford
7:45pm Thursday 12th September
Daryl Powell considers because they go into Thursday match in Wigan 21, Castleford Tigers are rising to this challenge.
Will assure a place at the Super League play-offs’ Tigers because of their superior points difference over Hull FC.
Last Thursday victory at home to Hull put Castleford in the box seat and Powell will be in no doubt his players have shown themselves capable of finishing the job away.
“We are playing with confidence and without fear, and it’s useful when it’s possible to do that,” Powell explained. “We have been speaking for the past 3 months about being in play-off mode now and that’s helped us.
“Everyone said we had a challenging run-in, but it’s been ideal – it couldn’t be any greater.
“If we’re going to be in the five then we are likely to be great enough – and when we are in the five and we’re good enough, then we will be a challenge for everyone.”
Powell has made just one change with Chris Clarkson, to Wigan.
The Tigers will be buoyed by their memories of the comeback win at home to the Warriors in April, which found the hosts fight back from 20 points down to succeed 38-28.
However, it was Wigan who had the edge in this season’s past meeting at the DW Stadium if Sam Powell scored the only try of the game in a win to the home side.
Adrian Lam’s men go in their final competition of the season aiming to secure second place, which would ensure home advantage for your Super League as well.
The defending champions have staged a streak of 11 wins in their previous 12 Super League games to enter this head and place trainer Lam is decided not to let it slip out of their grip.
“It’s really important to us today that it’s actually reach,” Lam said. “We have done pretty great to get to where we are and also you can see how hard we have worked to get into this particular position.
“It is in our hands today and I believe the players look motivatedthey seem hungry, they’ve trained very well, they are playing each other and that’s crucial.
“They are going pretty good Cas, it is going to be a rough game no doubt. They are desperate to finish in the five and they need to do this on Thursday night”
Sean O’Loughlin and Ben Flower are equally included after spells out wounded in the 19-man squad of Wigan and are ranked to attribute against Castleford.
However, Liam Farrell is currently working out a suspension along with Liam Marshall is absent due to a hamstring injury that kept him.
Wigan Warriors 19-man group: Joe Burgess, Liam Byrne, Tony Clubb, Ben Flower, Bevan French, Oliver Gildart, Joe Greenwood, Chris Hankinson, Zak Hardaker, Willie Isa, Tommy Leuluai, Romain Navarrete, Sean OLoughlin, Ollie Partington, Sam Powell, Dan Sarginson, Harry Smith, Morgan Smithies, George Williams
Castleford Tigers 19-man squad: Cheyse Blair, James Clare, Chris Clarkson, Matt Cook, Jamie Ellis, Oliver Holmes, Nathan Massey, Peter Mata’utia, Mike McMeeken, Paul McShane, Grant Millington, Adam Milner, Greg Minikin, Jordan Rankin, Jesse Sene-Lefao, Daniel Smith, Jake Trueman, Calum Turner, Liam Watts
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