Top four finish is realistic aim for Castleford Tigers

Luke Gale, in action against St Helens,who is proving a key player as Castleford Tigers aim for a top four finish.
Luke Gale, in action against St Helens,who is proving a key player as Castleford Tigers aim for a top four finish.
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After beating the Super League leaders in the last two weeks Castleford Tigers boss Daryl Powell is targeting a top four finish to the first part of the Super League season.

A run of four successive wins has taken the Tigers to the brink of achieving their first goal of finishing in the top eight and now they want to kick on to end as high as they can to make themselves competitive in the second part of the season when the competition splits.

After the latest round of matches Cas are level on points with fourth-placed Huddersfield and six ahead of Hull KR in ninth, although Rovers and eighth-placed Hull have a winnable game in hand.

“We’ve still got a little bit of work to do,” head coach Powell told the Express.

“But we are looking at top four at the moment. We’re there or thereabouts and have four games left before the split.

“If we can maintain this little bit of consistency that we’ve got then we can be confident we can be around the top four.

“Obviously finishing in the top eight is important, but staying in touch with the top four is really important as well if we want to be competitive towards the end of the season.”

With no game this week after being knocked out of the Challenge Cup, Castleford players have the chance to recharge their batteries after coming through a testing period, but they have been in training.

Powell explained: “We’ve got a week off now to refresh and focus on just tidying up a little bit of our game then we can rock into what will be an important last four games before the competition splits.

“We wanted to do some work this week on our game. We will look at our attacking game then the players will get some time off.”