GIVEN the background of previous meetings this year, it is fair to say Castleford and Wigan are not keen on each other.
They face each other tonight for the fourth time this season with Castleford coach Daryl Powell imploring his side not to accept any “nonsense.”
Wigan have won all three previous games, including in the Challenge Cup, but few would argue that Tigers did not deserve to prosper in the away league meeting.
It was then that Wigan head coach Shaun Wane infamously labelled his own side’s display a “four out of 10” as they edged past Castleford 33-26, a comment Powell said was disrespectful.
However, Tigers won 30-16 at leaders Hull FC last week in their Super 8s opener and still harbour slim hopes of joining Wigan in the top four.
Uppermost in Powell’s thinking is tonight’s latest encounter at Wheldon Road. “What happened down here, I wasn’t too keen on so we need to be aggressive, mindful of what they are about and get after them,” he said. “I don’t think we should stand for any nonsense from them and I’ll certainly be telling the players that. I do use some of the things that comes from Wigan as motivation. I don’t understand some of it.
“But we just get on with our own jobs. We have our own philosophy here; it differs from Wigan and I’m pretty happy about that.”
Castleford have won just four of their 11 home fixtures this term, a record that has harmed their hopes of silverware.
“Our away form has been great and our home form has been pretty scratchy so it’s something we need to tidy up,” added Powell.
“Wigan are always rattling on about this being a small pitch and I don’t think that matters too much. It’s a field isn’t it? We just need to play well on it.”