Wigan boss Adrian Lam has issued a warning to Castleford star Jake Trueman ahead of the clash between the two sides on Thursday.
The 20-year-old halfback put in a man-of-the-match display against Hull FC last week, scoring a hat-trick and prompting much praise from coach Daryl Powell, who said he was “world class”.
Lam, however, believes his side will be a completely different kettle of fish on Thursday and that Trueman won’t have it all his own way in a game both sides are desperate to win.
“Trueman is the key player, but he’s up against the best defensive edge in the competition on our right hand side,” Lam told the The Mirror.
“He’s not going to have the space he’s had over the last couple of weeks – we’re going to put a fair bit of pressure on him. As a player you know who you’re playing against and what they’re capable of.
“I know he’s going to be thinking about our right edge.
“The strength of Cas comes through the middle in their forward pack and he plays off the back of that. They’re a big forward pack – if we allow them to play rugby it’ll be a tough game.
“That’ll be the biggest challenge for us. It’s going to be a tough game and it’ll go down to the wire – it’ll be two points either way, that’s what I’m predicting.”