Assistant coach Danny Orr is looking for Castleford Tigers to pick up their game when they host Warrington Wolves in the second Super Eights match at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle tonight.
Orr was pleased with the way the players dug out a victory against Hull in the first Super Eights match, but felt they were not at their best and were way below their best in the previous game when blown away 44-6 by a Wolves team they meet again so soon.
He said: “It’s an important game for both teams. We want to win to keep in touch with the top four and Warrington know that if they don’t win they are going to be in a bit of a fight to get there.
“So it’s must-win for both and it adds a bit of spice to it. I’m sure it will be a good contest.
“Warrington totally outplayed us last time. They were too good for us on the day and they deserved their win.
“We could say the same when we played them at Warrington. I wouldn’t say we were too good for them, but we just edged them and got our win over there. It’s 1-1 and all to play for.
“I think there was more to it than that just the loss of Luke Gale last time. Galey’s a big key to how we play and if you take a half-back out of any team you are probably going to struggle a little bit, but we just weren’t quite there.
“Warrington were very good and the kicking game from O’Brien and Myler put us under a lot of pressure. We just made far too many errors and they capitalised on that.
“They were good on the day and we were very poor. I know that’s not us, we can play a lot better than that and I’m pretty confident that Tony Smith and their boys will be expecting a lot tougher game than what they got a few weeks ago.
“We’ve got to be better and reach the standards we set ourselves every training session and every match. There’s no guarantees of winning, but we have a chance if we do that.”
Orr played down the significance of Ben Westwood’s return to action for Warrington on the ground where he picked up a two-match ban for his high tackle on Luke Gale
He said: “Benny will be back. He’s had his two weeks out and I’m sure he’ll come back and want to try and inspire his team because they were on the wrong end of the result last week.
“He’s a good player. He gives them a lift.
“But watching it back it was not the best tackle if I’m honest.
“Any neutral watching it knows it wasn’t a good tackle. A swinging arm round his head, it was there to see on camera.
“Tony Smith (Wolves coach) defended his player and I’d do exactly the same, I’m sure Powelly would.
“But he got a two-match ban, he’s done his time and he’s going to be back so we move on.”
Castleford’s 19-man squad shows just one change from the one that got the job done against Hull, with Paul McShane dropping out and Michael Channing back in.
Orr had words of encouragement for new boy McShane, however, who made his debut as starting hooker last week: “I thought he did well, he did some nice little bits.
“There were a few bits that’s obviously new to him.
“He’s had a week and he trained really well with the boys. The more time he spends out on the training field with the boys the better he’s going to be, but I think he’s going to be a great attribute to the squad.”
Orr declined to say whether Ben Roberts would continue at full-back after his surprise selection ahead of Luke Dorn last week.
He added: “It was a big call because Dorny’s a great player, the things he can do, tries he scores and his breaks.
“But Dorny being honest with himself would say the previous week wasn’t his best game. Daryl’s got a good squad here and if you’re not on your game someone else here will take your spot.
“He’s worked really hard this week and we’ll see what happens. But Ben Roberts is playing well. He’s got some really good attributes, he’s strong, he’s quick, he’s got good agility and can beat defenders and can find a pass as well.