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Castleford Tigers aiming to maintain derby run

Matt Cook is tackled by Justin Horo and Anthony England in Castleford Tigers' game against Wakefield Trinity last month.
Matt Cook is tackled by Justin Horo and Anthony England in Castleford Tigers' game against Wakefield Trinity last month.

Derby games have brought the best out of Castleford Tigers in recent years, but they are taking nothing for granted ahead of tonight’s clash with Wakefield Trinity at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle.

The Tigers already have two derby wins under their belt in 2018 in the away games with Wakefield and Leeds and recorded a clean sweep of victories against both in league games last year.

Trinity really tested Cas in their last three meetings, however, only losing 11-6 last month, and Tigers assistant coach Danny Orr is an admirer of the way the city neighbours play the game.

He told the Express: “I like them, I like what they are doing this year.

“They are a big physical team. They’ve got some big forwards, but they like to throw the ball around.

“They like to play, which I am a big believer in. I think you should pass the ball and look for space and create space and they do that really well.

“They’re definitely going to test us. They’ve got some good players. Miller is a key player for them, I like the look of him and what he’s doing this year. They are definitely going to be a challenge.”

On the Tigers’ impressive run of nine straight victories over Trinity, Orr said:

“It’d be nice to keep that up, but it’s just another game. All that’s gone before has gone, it’s what’s next.

“They are tough games, really tough ones – especially when they come here. They seem to raise their game.

“They will be a bit down on themselves. The St Helens win was great for them, but they backed up with their worst performance of the season against Salford. They’ll be wanting to put a few of their wrongs right and put in a good performance against us. It is all set up to be a good game.

Orr continued: “We played them five or six weeks ago. It was a bit of a mud bath then. It was a tough game and a great win for us, but it was one of those you have to grind out.

“Wakey probably didn’t play the way they want to play the game. They had to change and adapt, as did we. We like to throw the ball around as well. Hopefully come the weekend conditions will be a bit better. But it is what it is, you just play and you adapt. If it’s chucking it down again and we’ve got puddles all over the field that’s what it is.”

Orr admitted that Cas will have to perform better than they did in their defeat to Wigan last week, but the likely return of strong running forwards Junior Moors and Jesse Sene-Lefao is set to give the team a boost. He explained: “There’s a couple of bumps and scrapes from last week, but the good thing is we’ve got players coming back into contention.

“Jesse Sene-Lefao could be back this week and potentially Junior Moors so we’ve got some big guys coming back, if selected.”