Castleford Tigers expect to face a fired up Wigan Warriors side after their 62-0 hammering at Wakefield last weekend, but are not worrying themselves about what their opponents are planning for tomorrow night’s Super League match the DW Stadium.
Wigan are expected to have a number of key players back after they missed the trip to Wakefield and many are predicting that the Tigers could face a backlash, but Daryl Powell’s men go into the game in good spirits after back to back wins despite an injury crisis every bit as big as that which hit the Warriors last week.
“It’s always tough at Wigan no matter what result they’ve just had,” Powell told the Express.
“They will be full of intent and line speed. That’s Wigan, it’s what they’re like.
“They’ll be disappointed what happened to them last week, but we can’t worry about that too much, about what they’re going to do. It’s about what we’re going to do and handling the things that they’re going to throw at us and trying our best to imprint ourselves on it.
“I was reading Shaun Wane’s comments about us being a good workmanlike side. I wouldn’t call us that, I think we’ve got a bit more than that.
“Hopefully we’ll be able to show him some of that on Friday night.”
Powell was as surprised as everyone at the extent of Wigan’s loss at Wakefield.
He said: “Clearly it was one of those where everything Wakefield did turned to gold and Wigan had a lot of injuries and illness in the camp.
“Sometimes you get those difficult periods and as a result of that the game last weekend was not a good reflection of what you’re about.
“We all know Wigan are a real tough side. They’ll be bruised from that and will be wanting to respond.
“They will be getting some players back, whether it’s from illness or injury, and they’ll be a challenge for us.
“They’ve got a proud record at home and we’ll need to be really good to beat them there.”