Wigan v Castleford Tigers: Luke Gale’s duel with George Williams ‘the key battleground’

Castleford's Luke Gale.
Castleford's Luke Gale.
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CASTLEFORD TIGERS assistant coach Ryan Sheridan is relishing Man of Steel Luke Gale’s battle with England colleague George Williams tomorrow night.

The in-form West Yorkshire club head to Wigan Warriors knowing another win will see them move level with their second-placed rivals with a game still in hand.

Castleford vanquished Catalans Dragons 41-0 on Sunday and, unsurprisingly, name the same 19-man squad.

Wigan won 9-8 at champions Leeds Rhinos to continue their fine form and Sheridan expects a fierce contest.

As a former Great Britain scrum-half, he is looking forward to current England No 7 Gale pitting his wits against World Cup colleague Williams.

“I do love looking at the match-ups and battles, especially the half-backs,” said Sheridan.

Galey was outstanding for us last week and on the other side we have Benny Roberts playing well while Jake Trueman’s an outstanding talent at the back.

Ryan Sheridan

“Things like who comes out on top, who’s controlling the game, who’s dominating it and who makes it ebb and flow.

“Galey was outstanding for us last week and on the other side we have Benny Roberts playing well while Jake Trueman’s an outstanding talent at the back.

“Our little triangle there is going well. We just need to be patient and earn the right to do things with the ball. We need to defend well off the back of that especially at Wigan.”

The short kicking game of 23-year-old Williams is something Castleford will need to counter as they seek a third successive win at DW Stadium.

“He’s one of the best in the comp’, he’ll kick early and it can be really challenging,” added ex-Leeds scrum-half Sheridan.

“He’s a got a great running game. He’s an international half-back isn’t he? You don’t get into an international team for nothing. We know we’ll have our work cut out in and around him. His kicking game is fantastic.

“But your attitude has to be right going to Wigan. They challenge you mentally and physically so we’re expecting a tough battle but we want to build on what we did last week.”

Meanwhile, Huddersfield Giants academy prop Jon Luke Kirby, 19, has signed a two-year-professional deal with the club.

Wakefield Trinity make just one change for tomorrow’s trip to Salford, Pauli Pauli coming into their 19 for Chris Annakin.