Super League match preview: Castleford Tigers v Wigan Warriors
Last Updated: 03/03/13 2:49pm
Castleford Tigers will be targeting another scalp on home soil when they go head-to-head with the third-placed Wigan Warriors.
While Ian Millward's men are pointless away from the Wish Communications Stadium they followed up their victory against the Leeds Rhinos with a point against the Catalan Dragons last week.
Wigan returned to winning ways last weekend with a comfortable 48-18 success over the lowly London Broncos at the DW Stadium.
The Warriors ran out convincing winners over the Tigers last season, securing a 40-16 home win while also claiming a 46-4 triumph in West Yorkshire.
Castleford are boosted by the return from suspension of stand-off Rangi Chase, with temporary replacement Gareth O'Brien dropping out of Millward's squad.
Prop forward Jacob Emmitt makes his first appearance of the season in place of Jonathan Walker.
Wigan are likely to recall prop Scott Taylor in place of Lee Mossop, who is out for up to 12 weeks with a dislocated shoulder.
Wales international second-rower Rhodri Lloyd is hoping to make his first appearance of the season.
Castleford Tigers: Owen, Carney, Shenton, Webster, Dixon, Chase, Ellis, Clark, Huby, Gilmour, Hauraki, Millington, Emmitt, Milner, Massey, Holmes, Thompson, Tansey, Mason.
Wigan Warriors: Burke, Charnley, Crosby, Dudson, Farrell, Flower, Green, Hughes, McIlorum, O'Loughlin, Powell, Richards, Smith, Lloyd, Taylor, Thornley, L. Tomkins, S. Tomkins, Tuson.
What they said...
Castleford Tigers head coach Ian Millward
"Rangi Chase is a world class player who in the last two games would have turned maybe defeat or draw into victory," he told the Castleford and Pontefract Express.
"It was tough for him to miss the games. He has probably been our best trainer and he's so skilful. Against Leeds he was instrumental in two tries and he started the season well.
"I am not being detrimental to anyone, but Rangi would have made a difference and he'll make a difference against Wigan. He will definitely come back into the team."
Wigan Warriors winger Pat Richards
"We've got a good culture here now. One goes out, another comes in and he knows exactly what he needs to do," he told the club's official website.
"We're a bit short of bodies now, it's unfortunate for Lee and the other boys who are out, but it gives these guys an opportunity to get some games under their belt.
"We're going to need them. It's good we've got so many youngsters we can throw in there. It's exciting for the future of the club."
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Wed 1st Jul
Wakefield Wildcats26 - 16Hull FC
Thu 2nd Jul
Warrington Wolves17 - 6Wigan Warriors
Fri 3rd Jul
Leeds Rhinos46 - 18St Helens
Sun 5th Jul
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Hull K R
Hull FC0 - 0Wakefield Wildcats
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Castleford Tigers0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Thu 9th Jul
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Fri 10th Jul
St Helens0 - 0Huddersfield Giants
Sun 12th Jul
Hull FC0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Hull K R
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Thu 16th Jul
Warrington WolvesvsSt Helens
Fri 17th Jul
Hull K RvsHull FC
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Sat 18th Jul
Catalans DragonsvsHuddersfield Giants
Sun 19th Jul
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Thu 23rd Jul
Hull FCvsWigan Warriors
Fri 24th Jul
St Helens0 - 0Hull K R
Sun 26th Jul
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Wakefield Wildcats
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Castleford Tigers0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Super League 2013, round five
Jamie Heaslip insists he is enjoying being captain of Ireland despite the added pressure and responsibility.
Rod Studd and Stevo look at the all the headlines from the past seven days in rugby league. This week, they are joined by Chris Irvine and Danny Lockwood.
Round five saw the end of Huddersfield's perfect record and the first coaching casualty of the season.
- Craig 'keeping feet on ground'
- Anderson: We were embarrassing
- Last-gasp Tuson denies Tigers
- Bulls cut Giants down to size
- Rovers roll past Wolves
- Frayssinous still frustrated
- Betts plays down injury fears
- Bittersweet win for Vikings
- Dragons singe unlucky Cats
- Brown: It will get better
- Veivers: Wrong decisions made
- Broncos run wild at Salford
- Rhinos storm Langtree Park
- Giants v Bulls: Teams
- Week off 'energises' Vikings
- Vikings v Hull FC: Teams
- Dragons v Wildcats: Teams
- Fiddes' Cent
- Saints v Rhinos: Teams
- City Reds v Broncos: Teams
- Vikings boosted by Brown