Jesse reckons Castleford will learn lessons from St Helens game

Jesse Sene Lefao in action against Salford this year. Picture: MATTHEW MERRICK
Jesse Sene Lefao in action against Salford this year. Picture: MATTHEW MERRICK

Powerhouse Castleford Tigers forward Jesse Sene-Lefao reckons his team will have learned from their defeat to St Helens when they step out onto the pitch for tonight’s game against Salford Red Devils.

Sene-Lefao, who has been a big hit since joining the Tigers, said that the Tigers were determined to put their painful experience of last week to good use.

He said: “St Helens were too good, they played really well.

“They hustled really well off the ball and beat us to little wins on the ground.

“It’s what semi-finals footy is all about; it’s a learning curve for us, but also we can’t let it happen again.

“It is never good losing, I don’t like losing, but things like that happen and you learn from your mistakes.

“Last week was a big mistake and hopefully we can bounce back.”

Salford have lost five games on the bounce, but Cas know how good they can be as they beat them 13-12 when the Tigers visited AJ Bell Stadium in March and Sene-Lefao warned: “These games are all going to be hard, every team we play is going to be hard.

“Every team is trying to get into the top-four and knock us off. It has been the same the last few weeks, we only just won in the last five or 10 minutes.

“It is no surprise every team wants to play their best against us, but we need to get back to winning ways.

“Salford is another big challenge and the week after we’ve got Wakey. We have lost the first game so it’s important for us to bounce back.

“It’s not just about winning, it is about performing well and getting ready for the big games. A lot of people might write us off now, but we can only worry about what we can control.

“What we can control is on the field and hopefully we can go back out and put ourselves in a position to be successful.

“We haven’t won anything yet, we are still challengers in this competition. We really need to put some good performances in.

“That’s our first priority.”