Castleford Tigers star Luke Gale insists that there will be no easing up by his team even if they clinch the League Leaders’ Shield against Wakefield Trinity on Thursday.
The England half-back reckons that there are no meaningless matches and that there will be no danger of the Tigers taking their foot off the gas while waiting for the play-offs to start.
He said: “I don’t think that is in Powelly’s vocabulary,.
“It is not in his DNA; all games mean something and he instills that into us.
“We will be playing to win all those games.”
With Cas on the verge of their first-ever league win Gale is looking forward to getting over the line for what will be a huge achievement.
He said: “We have got the chance to make history. Castleford have never won the league leaders and it would be nice to get it in our hands on Thursday, at our home ground.
“It was like it was meant to happen, in a home game against Wakefield.
“The boys are pumped. We have worked hard for it, but there’s still a long way to go.
“The league leaders is one thing, but we want to go all the way.
“Once we achieve the league leaders then the focus will pick up on the semi-final, the game that gets us to the Grand Final.
“We will just take one game at a time and look forward to this week.”
Gale was pleased with the way Cas bounced back from defeat against St Helens with a hard earned win at Salford.
He added: “We spoke about building pressure a bit more and not going for too much.
“Paul McShane said to me after the game ‘did we play too boring’? But we won 23-4. We didn’t, but we knew it was going to be tough and it was finals footy.
“We are pleased with how we handled it and the good thing about this team is whenever we’ve had a loss we have always backed it up with a good performance.
“We learn a lot from our losses. We were 12 unbeaten before the St Helens game and you kind of need that to give you a bit more focus.
“Losses are never bad if you are learning from them.”