Despite going out of the Challenge Cup to Wigan assistant coach Danny Orr believes Castleford Tigers still have much to play for this season.
Orr admitted the Tigers were not good enough on the day at the DW Stadium, but with 11 league games still to go this year he has not yet written off finishing in the top four.
He said: “It’s going to be tough for teams to climb up into that top four as there’s been a bit of a breakaway, but you can do something like Hull have done. They’ve gone a great run, I think they have won 10 straight.
“We’ve got 11 games left and I still believe that on our day and if we are consistent we can beat anybody.
“We’ve just got to nail a couple of performances, get on some kind of winning run and if we do that who knows where it can take you.
“You look at where someone might drop points here and we might gain there, but it’s the old saying, we can’t rely on anybody. Teams above us will drop points, but we’ve got to be good, be really tidy with our game, play the way we know we can, defend a lot better than we have been doing and try and get some wins together. Hopefully that will be enough come the end of the Super 8s and we can make that top four.
“But even if you don’t make it you still want to win games. You can’t say you’re not bothered, you don’t want to win any more, that’s not us. We want to win games and play well.”
Orr admitted tomorrow night’s game at Salford was crucial if the Tigers were to have a chance of the top four or if they were to keep Salford behind them in the league should they get the points back they have been deducted.
He added: “It’s huge. We’ve got four games left before the Super 8s, four big games for us, starting against Salford.
“We want to get back on winning ways.
“We haven’t spoken about the Middle 8s, we are looking ahead and believe we are a team who should be at the top end of the table.
“Salford could get their points back and it would make it close again for the top eight, but if we get our game right we know we can beat teams and we can pick up some more wins to put that Middle 8s away for another year. We’re looking forward.”