Joel Monaghan expecting Wigan to be at their best

Castleford Tigers winger Joel Monaghan insists that despite their heaviest loss in over a decade last week, he’s expecting the very best of Wigan Warriors tonight.

The Tigers travel to the DW Stadium looking to inflict more misery on the Warriors, who lost 62-0 at Wakefield last Sunday, their worst defeat since the 75-0 loss to St Helens in 2005.

And Monaghan says he knows from experience that battles against Wigan are always tough encounters – insisting that there’s no way they can be that bad again this week, which means the Tigers have to be on their guard.

“People have been hearing about it all week, about how that game ended up, but when you go to Wigan on a Friday night at their ground, it doesn’t matter what happened the week before – you’re going to be in for a tough game,” he said.

“We didn’t start in the best manner last week either so we’ve got a fair bit to improve on. You’re not going to see a Wigan side as bad as that two weeks in a row, so it’s got the makings of a great game.

“I’ve played in some great games against Wigan and I’ve really enjoyed going there to play in the past. It’s a superb place to play and we’ve had some big games there, but it’s my first time there with a new club so I’m relishing it.”