Castleford Tigers star Andy Lynch insists there is still confidence in the camp that they can make the play-offs.
The 40-26 defeat to Huddersfield Giants has given the Tigers an uphill task to win all three of their remaining games to have a chance of a top four finish, but Lynch reckons the players are up for the challenge, starting with tonight’s home game against St Helens.
“It’s semi-final football every week now and we’ve got win all three of the matches to come,” he said.
“We can’t worry about what others teams round us are doing, it’s all on us and we’ve got to win our games.
“We’ve trained really well and everyone’s in a confident mood. We got the video (of the Huddersfield game) out of the way on Saturday morning and we’re all looking forward to St Helens now.
“We’re excited about the game. We had a great atmosphere down here that last time we played them when we won with that dramatic last point and we’re looking forward to another good night.
“St Helens have found some form again as they showed in beating Leeds so it will be tough, but we feel we can do it.”
Lynch is relishing another bruising battle up front against a big St Helens pack.
He said: “They are a physical side and it’s always a battle against a side with the likes of Alex Walmsley, Kyle Amor, Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook and Mose Masoe. “You want to play against the best week in and week out and it’s great to test yourself against these.
“It comes down to the forwards, if we can perform then the backs can get on top. If we get steamrolled then you are on the back foot from the start and you can’t afford to do that.
“We’re looking forward to a good battle up front and it should be a great game.”
Lynch believes much of Castleford’s success in the last two years has been down to the togetherness of the players. That has been tested by what has happened with the suspended Justin Carney, but the team bond remains.
He added: “We definitely have a good team spirit here.
“It showed against St Helens a few weeks ago with the way we kept going for the full 80 minutes and again it showed how together we are against Warrington at the start of the Super 8s.
“We are a close knit team and it’s the way Castleford always have been. If anything what’s happened has made us closer. Everyone wants to get out on that field and work for each other to get the results.
“I thought we responded well (at Huddersfield) responding to what had happened in the previous week-and-a-half.
“We were together as a team and improved on our previous performance.
“At the end of the day we’re here to play rugby and that’s what we set out to do at Huddersfield. I thought we played well, but a few little things let us down.”