Castleford Tigers stars Michael Shenton and Frankie Mariano are expecting a tough test from an improved Wakefield Wildcats side when they run out onto the Etihad Stadium pitch on Sunday at Magic Weekend 2014.
Since the Tigers ran out comfortable 43-20 winners over Wakefield on Good Friday, Alan Agar’s men have shown a marked improvement with surprise away wins over Hull and Widnes.
They go into the game in the better form, results wise, on the back of two wins while Cas have lost their last two, albeit narrowly against two of the best sides in Super League.
“They’ve turned things around since they played us a few weeks ago and there’s confidence going right through their camp,” said Shenton.
“Their defence has looked strong from what we’ve seen of them and they’re dangerous with the ball so it’s going to be tough.
“Hull and Widnes are very difficult places to go to, let alone win at so their last two results are a sign of an improving team.
“We’re going to have to be on top of our game to get the win.”
Shenton’s team-mate Mariano is also gearing up for a big test, but is confident Cas can make it a double success over their local rivals.
Mariano, who played for the Wildcats for two years before joining the Tigers for the start of this season, said: “They have found a bit of form and they have got the players, but as long as we focus on our own game we should be all right this week.
“It will be a tough game – they always are – so we will have to be on the ball. We have to make sure we get things right that we’ve got wrong in the last couple of games.”