Castleford Tigers star Luke Gale has played down talk of revenge against Ben Westwood when he returns with his Warrington Wolves side to the Mend-A-Hose Jungle tonight.
Westwood was given a two-match ban after his high tackle on Gale led to a head injury and a hospital visit for the Tigers half-back 19 days ago, but is available again tonight as the Wolves make a quick return to Castleford for a Super Eights match.
His selection will add spice to a game already with plenty at stake, but the injured party bears no grudges.
Gale said: “We’ve not really spoken about what happened to me last time we played Warrington.
“It’s one of those things, a head high tackle, and I can’t really remember what happened after it or much leading up to it.
“The motivation’s there for itself, we’re motivated to get that fourth spot and a chance to play in the Grand Final.
“It’s not about getting revenge for me, it’s about getting the two points.
“We are looking forwards and looking at who’s on your tail and we can go six points ahead of Warrington if we beat them. It makes life harder for them and gets us closer to Huddersfield.
“The home games are massive. We looked at the Hull game as a must-win and the Warrington game is as well.
“You want to win on your home ground and especially with our crowd down here. It’s like another man, they’re unbelievable and I’m sure they’ll be behind us on Thursday night and pushing us on.
“We’re looking forward to it. There’s a real sense of anticipation and achievement at the place.”
Gale expects Warrington to come flying out of the traps and knows the Tigers will have to start better than they did against Hull last week when 12-0 down inside five minutes.
He added: “I think they will come out firing, be aggressive in the first 10 minutes and come out all guns blazing – and we’ve got to match that. You can’t start poorly against Warrington.
“I thought they taught us a few lessons last time and our attitude wasn’t there right from the start. They hammered us in all departments, to be honest, and we’re looking for payback.
“It was one of those games you need to get over quickly and right a few wrongs.
“We did that to some extent against Hull and we’ve trained excellent and have got a real good focus about ourselves.
“I think you need that and in the Super Eights I think you need to be on your mettle from the kick-off really. We can’t afford to be going 12-0 down after five minutes like we were against Hull.
“I think you’ve got to lift your intensity for the Super Eights. It’s got a different feel about it. It’s the eight best teams going against each other and so you’ve got to be on your A game.”