Castleford star Holmes targets top four finish

Oliver Holmes in action for Castleford Tigers this season.
Oliver Holmes in action for Castleford Tigers this season.

Castleford Tigers star Oliver Holmes is expecting a tough battle at Hull KR tonight, but is backing his team to challenge for the top four in the closing weeks of the regular season.

Sixth placed Tigers travel to Hull KR looking to build on the Magic Weekend victory and know how important tonight’s game is with their hosts four point behind them.

“It’s important, because the bottom half of the top eight and the teams below that are all very close on points,” said back row forward Holmes.

“One game can spin it round, you can drop in or out. It is very tight and we just need to build on what we did last week.

“We’ve spoken in recent weeks about being consistent in games, week-in and week-out. If we can do that and build on last week, I can’t see us going far wrong.

“They have got strike players in good positions. Especially at Hull KR, they are a tough team to beat - it is a very hostile place so our defence will have to be good, definitely.

“They will have had a big week’s training and will be looking for a bit of a turnaround, especially at home, but we’ve got two big games coming up - Hull KR and Leeds - and if we win those we’ll be getting close to the top-four.

“That’s the aim and fingers crossed, if we work hard I don’t see any reasons why we can’t challenge.”

Holmes was part of a Cas team that found its attacking edge again at Magic Weekend, but he was also pleased with the defensive effort.

He added: “We know we can score points. But the second half showed how good our defence can be, we didn’t let a point in, which is obviously pretty good.

“We have worked a lot on our defence and I think that showed.”