Castleford Tigers boss Daryl Powell is backing his team to rise to a big challenge when they travel to face in-form Wigan Warriors tonight.
Powell expects to face a pumped up Wigan side desperate for revenge after the 42-14 mauling they received at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle in March, but is pleased with the way the Tigers are digging out victories and have climbed up to fifth place in Super League.
Last Sunday’s 36-28 win over Catalans Dragons was Castleford’s fourth in five games so they will be travelling over the Pennines with confidence that they can achieve a rare double over Wigan.
But their opponents hammered Hull KR 60-0 last week to show that they are bang in form now after their shaky start to the season.
Powell told the Express: “Wigan are playing well and they’ll be pretty ramped up after the number we did on them at the start of the year.
“You know what Shaun Wane’s like, they will certainly be highly motivated to come after us and we’ve got to rise to the challenge.
“It’s always a tough place to go, but we feel confident we can go and challenge them.
“We know it will be tough, but our team is showing consistently that it’s a tough team.
“Generally we have played well against Wigan and we know they’re a good side. You go there highly motivated and with a plan to beat them and we need to do that again.
“Certainly it will be difficult, they are playing right on top of their game at the moment so we will need to be exceptional to knock them off.
“A win could put us in the top four and I think we’ve done really well, to be honest when you look at the injuries we’ve had. We’ve not always been on the top of our game, but it’s about winning games isn’t it?
“Where we are at the moment has been a fantastic effort from the players given that we have had such disruption with injuries.
“I keep saying that at the back end of the year, get everybody back hopefully and we will have a pretty vibrant squad going into an important part of the season.
“But obviously it’s one game at a time at the moment. This is a tough one in front of us, but we’ve got to feel confident that we can go and challenge anyone we play against.”