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Castleford skipper: Confidence is lifted for tough run

Michael Shenton in action for Castleford Tigers. Picture: Matthew Merrick
Michael Shenton in action for Castleford Tigers. Picture: Matthew Merrick

Skipper Michael Shenton believes the hard fought win over Wakefield has given his Castleford Tigers side a confidence lift ahead of a tough run of matches to come in the next month.

The Tigers have Hull FC and Warrington Wolves to play away and have two homes dates with Super League leaders St Helens as well as a Magic Weekend fixture against Leeds Rhinos in the next five weeks as they look to push on from their current fourth place in the league and have a run in the Challenge Cup.

So a win over local rivals Trinity was seen as essential ahead of this testing run of matches and Shenton was pleased with the way it was achieved in a controlled performance.

He said: “We have got some of the best teams in the comp’ coming up. It was important we put in a solid performance to gain some momentum and confidence going into those games.

“Hull is a really tough place to go, but we will be ready for that one. We know the challenge that’s in front of us.

“That is first and then we’ll worry about the others after that.

“Wakefield threw a lot at us at times, but the conditions restricted what you can do and I think that restricted Wakefield’s game quite a lot.

“Both times we have played them this year it has been tough conditions, really wet, but our kicking game, the way we completed sets, was good

“At times we let them out with cheap penalties and things like that. There’s areas where we can improve, but on the whole, it was a pretty pleasing performance really.

“We controlled the game for the majority of it.”

Shenton was pleased with the way the Tigers dealt with enforced changes with injuries before and during the game

He said: “For us to put a tidy performance in and stick to our game plan pretty well was good, even though we lost Luke Gale at half-time.

“I thought Paul McShane stepped in there really well and Adam Milner did a good job when he went to hooker.

“He hasn’t done that for a while, he’s a bit bigger now.

“A word for Jake Trueman as well, at full-back. He is doing a fantastic job.”

“Big raps go to our pack – they were outstanding.

“Jesse Sene-Lefao, after he hadn’t played for a while, was outstanding.

“He led from the front and the rest of the guys followed his lead.”