Castleford star Paul McShane is expecting a big test tonight from his former club Wakefield Trinity who would like nothing better than to spoil the Tigers party.
Trinity come into the game at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle in fourth place and off the back of a morale-boosting 38-6 win in another local derby against Leeds Rhinos.
“They were outstanding the other day and the last time we played them it was a really tough battle,” said McShane.
“But we are at home and we weren’t the best at home last time so hopefully we can fix up on that and put in a good performance.
“They are all going to be tough games in the eights. We see it as a new competition. It is finals football now and the conditions last week are probably what it’s going to be like now.
“We will keep learning each week and keep building. We have been great all year. I don’t know if it’s a case of improving, or maintaining it or adapting to the conditions, but we are eager to keep doing what we are doing and we still want to improve.”
McShane admitted lifting the League Leaders’ Shield – as the Tigers will do with at least a draw against Trinity – will be huge for the club.
He added: “We could write our part in the history of the club. That’s something we are motivated to do, not just for ourselves, but for the club.”