Injured Castleford Tigers skipper Michael Shenton is backing his team-mates to bounce back after their horror show at Warrington.
Shenton believes playing Leeds Rhinos next could be the perfect game for the Tigers as the atmosphere generated at tonight’s match at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle and the importance of getting one over Castleford’s big rivals can help everyone refocus following the dip in form.
He told the Express: “I’m sure the boys will get the job done.
“They are saying all the right things this week and doing all the right things.
“If we are serious about this year and being serious contenders these are the kind of games we’ve got to win.
“Both of us are a bit scratchy at the moment, not in the best form so one of us has to stand up and get the job done – and I’m confident we can do.
“Watching the Leeds preview with the boys I feel it, just getting excited watching it even though I can’t play.
“This is the biggest game for us, playing Leeds at home and at Headingley. We always perform well in those games.”
Shenton, who is likely to be out of action for the whole of the season, admitted the Warrington display had been well below the standards now set at the club and wished he could have been able to get out on the field to help out instead of having to watch from the sidelines while the Tigers were being torn apart.
He said: “It was frustrating to see what happened, not just for me but for everybody involved with the club and the fans, because we’ve not seen anything like that for a while down here.
“I can assure you everyone is doing what they can to put it right.
“I’m not sure why it came about. It was probably an accumulation of things.
“It didn’t feel like there were any positives to take, but you never know sometimes you can think it might give us the rocket we need to get things together and make certain people stand up that need to stand up and get the job done.
“We can’t just leave it to just a few of the boys who are our leaders out there.
“I did think Denny Solomona was outstanding for us and he has been a real light for us so far.”
Shenton admitted to being frustrated at being unable to play.
He added: “It’s going to be a long year for me just watching.
“I’ll do what I can to help the boys out, any guidance or leadership stuff I can still do. I’m still trying to be around the boys and be a part of the team as much as I can.
“I’m working really hard to try and keep my fitness up, my strength, my size and things like that, but it’s tough because there’s such a long time to go knowing I won’t be able to play.
“I’ve been all right up to now, but when you see the boys in a difficult patch it’s hard that I like to speak up, but I’ve got nothing to back it up. Seeing the boys struggle with injuries, you just want to get out there.”