Plenty for Castleford Tigers to work on after dramatic Challenge Cup win over Hull KR, reflects Gareth O'Brien

CASTLEFORD TIGERS achieved their primary aim on Friday night but Gareth O’Brien insists there is plenty to work on following their dramatic Challenge Cup victory over Hull KR.

Tuesday, 13th April 2021, 7:30 am
Updated Tuesday, 13th April 2021, 7:34 am
Picture by Alex Whitehead/ - 09/04/2021 - Rugby League - Betfred Challenge Cup - Hull KR v Castleford Tigers - Hull College Craven Park, Hull, England - Castleford's Gareth O'Brien celebrates with Grant Millington after kicking the winning drop-goal in Golden Point Extra Time.

O’Brien kicked a drop-goal in the 99th minute in what was the Tigers’ ninth attempt at a one-pointer. Castleford had trailed 22-6 at half time and 32-18 with just under 10 minutes to go.

The dramatic fightback set up a quarter final with Salford Red Devils and put Daryl Powell’s side just two wins from Wembley.

“Two more wins and we are in a Challenge Cup final, that is how we have got to look at it,” said O’Brien.

“As I said, there are a lot of things to work on. We know that and we will work hard to put things right.

“Powelly gave it to us at half time. He said it was probably the worst half of football he has ever seen.

“We had to take a good look at ourselves, roll our sleeves up and turn it around.”

He continued: “I don’t know how long we played, 100 minutes or something like that, we are through to the next round but we know we need to be miles better than what we were on Friday night.

“Especially the first half, we rectified a few things at the start of the second half but then we slacked off again.

“Me, Danny [Richardson] and Truey [Jake Trueman] need to practice our drop-goals but all that aside we are buzzing to get the win.

“We will review it and look at what we need to work on.”

The spirit and character displayed by the Tigers was a big plus for O’Brien, who was deployed at full-back as Niall Evalds attended the birth of his baby.

He added: “We were 22-6 down and we have not rolled over, that is the main positive.

“We have just got to touch up on a few things. Personally, there were few things I wasn’t happy with in my game.

“But to get the win and get into the next round is the main thing.”