Hay in the Tigers hot seat

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WITH head coach Terry Matterson on Exiles duty the job of revving up Castleford Tigers for their big Super League clash with champions Wigan on Sunday has fallen chiefly to Andy Hay (pictured).

The Castleford-born assistant coach and former Tigers player is in day-to-day charge of training this week and enjoying the experience and extra responsibility brought about by Matterson’s appointment as number two to Brian McClennan for the Exiles team taking on England at Headingley Carnegie tomorrow night.

Hay has plenty of top class playing experience to count on to help him and is relishing the prospect of getting the Tigers side in the best possible shape to face the team tipped by many to win Super League again in 2011.

He told the Express: “All the structures are in place and we are half way through the season so it runs itself really, but it’s good to be looking after the team and I’m enjoying it.

“I am just making sure everything’s running smoothly and the operation’s tight.

“Basically we will do what we know works for us with training for a typical Sunday to Sunday game.

“With Rangi Chase missing due to his Exiles call-up training will be a little bit different, but we’ll go through our typical days.

“On Monday we had rehab and the team review and we got through quite a bit with the players after the Huddersfield game. We picked it apart and that was good.

“Usually me and Terry do that together so it’s the same process as normal. Obviously I spoke to Terry after the game and we had our run down, but it was up to me to go through the game with the players and it was a bit of a different angle for them. We’ll look at the opposition on Thursday, go through some stuff on them and try to get a game plan together to beat Wigan.”