Castleford Tigers look like missing out on the top four in first part of the Super League season, but can still be a threat in the Super-8s as they push for a play-off place according to utility star Ben Roberts.
After this weekend’s games the top eight go into a new seven-game competition that leads to knockout semi-finals for a place in the title decider at Old Trafford on Saturday, October 10.
Castleford’s aim is now to make sure they are one of the four teams in the play-offs and Roberts is confident they will be competitive and reckons there is still plenty to play for this season.
He said: “At the start of the year we set a top four goal. We are sort of there, but we’re not because of points difference.
“We still know what we are working towards and that is winning the big trophies.
“We have got no doubt we can do it if we are on our game. It’s just a matter of us turning up.
“I think we’ve done well to be where we’re at, at the moment. But we’re not getting complacent and we’re not satisfied with where we’re at.
“There’s still a game [in the regular rounds] to go and we are focused on this week.
“We want to play well against Warrington and if we can put in a good performance then I think it will give us a lot of confidence going into the Super-8s.”
Castleford have won six of their last seven games and apart from the blip at Hull FC, Roberts feels the Tigers are in good form.
He said: “We had a bit of a setback at Hull, but we’ve moved on from that now.
“We are back in the winners’ circle, which is where we wanted to be and we can build on what we did last weekend, which is good.
“It was good to go out last week and play the way we did.
“We have still got a few things to work on in our game, but we’ve been looking at those and hopefully we’ll fix them up for Sunday.”
Roberts has become a utility player for Cas in his first year at the club, playing at half-back, hooker, full-back and off the bench, but he is happy to have contributed wherever he has featured.
He added: “It hasn’t gone too bad. I’d like to play 80 minutes, but at the moment - the way Daryl [Powell, Tigers’ coach] has got me playing - all I can do is go out and do the job that’s asked of me.
“I am pretty happy with the way I am going and what he wants from me, but I think as a whole team it has been great.
“We have got a lot of depth right across the field. If someone happens to get injured - touch wood no-one does - we know we’ve got someone there who can just as easily step in and do the job just as good.”