First team star Adam Milner believes Castleford Tigers will have to play smart and have to rein in their normal flowing style to get the job done at Salford if the wet weather of the early part of this week is repeated tonight.
The Tigers lost a close game to the Red Devils at the AJ Bell Stadium in March when they struggled to impose their game on their hosts in wet conditions and will be hoping to have learned vital lessons for the next meeting in the Super 8s.
But having practised in the rain on Tuesday Cas know what to expect should they be met by a heavy pitch and Milner is confident they will cope with what is thrown at them.
He said: “We like to throw the ball about, but we are going to have to be patient, we’re going to have to look after the ball and build pressure on them.
“The team that probably builds pressure comes away with the two points.
“I’m no weatherman, but if conditions are like they have been we’re going to have to look after the ball.
“We trained out in the rain on Tuesday and it was a big lesson for us.”
Milner believes that Cas owe Salford some payback for that defeat earlier in the season:
“It’s a big motivation going to Salford after they beat us there earlier in the season. We want to get one back over them and we will be looking to respond after last week’s defeat.
“The quicker we can bounce back the better.
“The media will be saying that the bubble’s burst and they are going to write us off, but we’re still a confident camp here and the boys have probably been working extra hard this week to respond and come up with a good performance.
“If we win all our home games it puts us in the Grand Final so we’re in a great position.”
Salford have lost their last five matches, but Milner expects the Tigers to be challenged by them once again.
He said: “They are a quality outfit. They’ve been fantastic this season and they’ve got threats all over the field.
“They’ve got players like Murdoch-Masila and the new guy, Manu Vatuvei, who are big strong humans and we’re going to have to front up and make sure we are ready for a big challenge this weekend.”
Milner returned from injury for last week’s St Helens game and admitted it was a tough match to play in.
He added: “We pride ourselves on our home form, but full credit to St Helens, they managed to defend us well and keep us out.
“We created a lot of opportunities, but their scrambled defence was something special.
“We’ll learn from that hopefully and look to come away from Salford with the two points this weekend.
“It was tough, especially for myself coming back.
“But it’s that time of the season now when there’s going to be tight games and it’s going to be rare that you are going see blow out scorelines.
“Win by one point or 10, it’s the two points at the end that’s most important.
“The nature of the competition now is that you are playing the best seven teams so you can’t turn up 10 per cent off your game or you get turned over.”