5th October 2018, 11:59 | super_league

Wigan and Castleford Player Watch

Wigan and Castleford Player Watch

Wigan vs Castleford Tigers, Friday 5 October (19:45) Live on Sky Sports

Sam Tomkins (Wigan Warriors)

Half-back Sam Tomkins could be lining up for the last time in Cherry & White against Castleford Tigers, having signed with Catalans Dragons for 2019. The former New Zealand Warriors player has been in stellar form over the Super 8s

Tomkins has been in stellar form and has had a hand in 28 tries this season (10 tries, 18 assists) and is the creative fulcrum of the team, along with Stand-Off George Williams.

He featured prominently in the reverse fixture in the Super 8s, scoring a 75thminute penalty that proved decisive as the Warriors claimed victory over the Tigers, and scored a try in the 19-18 loss in Round 6 to the Tigers. 

John Bateman (Wigan Warriors)

Another player potentially lining up for a final Wigan performance is John Bateman, who will move Down Under at the end of the season and will be turning out at the DW Stadium for his last home appearance for Wigan. 

The England back rower has been a unit in the forward pack in 2018, scoring 4 tries, registering 3 assists and making the second highest number of metres in the Wigan team, at 3150. 

Bateman’s fine form has earned him an England call up for the New Zealand test series, a Man of Steel nomination and his move to the Canberra Raiders in the NRL. 

Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers)

One of the defining moments of the Super League play-offs, Luke Gale’s golden point winner against St Helens in last year’s Super League semi-final marked the euphoric achievement of Castleford reaching their first ever Grand Final. 

In 2018, the Tigers’ stand-off missed three months but has begun to show the form that saw the Tigers claim their first ever League Leaders Shield in 2017, a season which also saw the player win the 2017 Man of Steel. 

Adam Milner (Castleford Tigers)

A one-club man, Adam Milner appeared in 6 of Castleford’s 7 Super 8s games in 2018 and has been a key part of the Castleford pack from the Back Row. 

Milner has been rewarded for yet another consistent season and was announced in the 24 man England squad for the three match test series against New Zealand. This will be the 26-year-old’s first call up to the test squad. 

Milner is a dual threat Loose Forward – a fierce tackler and has the ability to spot gaps and make yards through a retreating defence. He has offered 741 tackles in 2018 and made 1712 metres for his team.