The prize on offer tonight might be a huge one for a club that has never in its history finished top of the league, but Castleford Tigers forward Mike McMeeken reckons they are treating the game against Wakefield Trinity the same as every other match.
One more point from their five remaining Betfred Super 8s fixtures will be enough for the Tigers to win the league Leaders’ Shield and excitingly they can get over the line in a derby game against one of their closest rivals.
The supporters are ready for history to be made at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle tonight as Castleford, who entered the Rugby Football League in 1926, have never finished top of the top division.
But the Tigers’ England back rower McMeeken insisted the team is taking nothing for granted and will be ready for a big test from a Trinity side with plenty to play for to reach the play-offs and who were in good form against Leeds Rhinos last week.
He said: “We’re approaching it the same way we have done all year.
“We are taking it week by week. At the end of the day we want to win every game and this is no different.
“We are going into this one to get the two points and it’ll be the same for the rest of the season.”
Victory against Wakefield would leave Cas with four games with little at stake for them before the play-offs begin, but McMeeken believes they will keep going right to the end of the Super 8s games.
He said: “We’ve got the players to do it. There is no reason why not and I think we will be extremely annoyed with ourselves if we don’t.
“We need to make sure we are performing each week.”
After losing their proud unbeaten home record against St Helens, the Tigers are keen to make amends when back at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle tonight.
McMeeken said: “Saints deservedly won, but I thought we righted our wrongs last week with a good performance.
“We are looking forward to this one.
“We played well last week, Salford threw a lot at us and we had to make sure we were on our toes on our tryline.
“We can take a lot of positives out of that performance.”
Castleford’s success this year is fully justifying McMeeken’s decision to come north after he played for London Broncos.
He added: “One of the reasons I came up here was to work under Powelly and his coaching staff and to win some silverware.
“We’re looking to get that silverware we’ve deserved this year.
“The fans have been outstanding this year and they deserve it as much as us, but mathematically it is not won yet so this is a vital two points for us.”