Castleford Tigers star Junior Moors has hailed his side’s 16-12 victory over St Helens as one of the biggest of the season.
After running up big scores in their previous home games it was big battle for an understrength Tigers team missing nine first teamers, but they came through with a spirited effort to open up a four-point gap at the top of the Betfred Super League.
After losing some tight games earlier in the year Cas have proved in recent weeks that they can win close contests.
“That’s probably been the best part,” said Moors.
“We’ve been blowing out some scores, but the ones we really want to win are the tight encounters.
“It is good to get those and Sunday was one of the best of the season for us.
“It was a tough slog last week with the two games. There’s a lot of tired bodies around, but it was a great win.
“It was huge, we knew it was just all about us and getting our attitude right.
“We figured they might take us a bit easy with the boys that were missing so we just worried about ourselves and getting our attitude right in defence and attack and it came off for us.”
Moors insisted that the Tigers cannot afford to ease up despite their strong current position.
He said: “We are still in the middle of the year. The important ones are at the end of the season.
“We will keep on going and trying to improve every week and it’ll put us in good stead for the end of the year.
“The plan is to maintain our form, but also to improve.
“There’s some things we want to improve on and I definitely think it’s there for us to do.”
Moors picked up a head injury in the Saints game, but expects to be fit to face Warrington this Sunday.
He added: “It was just a precaution really, coming off.
“They told me to stay off just in case, but I should be great for Sunday.”