AFTER experiencing an incredible high and appalling low in the space of seven days, half-back Luke Gale says it’s time for Castleford Tigers to show what they are made of.
Tigers seemed to be heading in the right direction when they demolished Wigan Warriors 42-14, but the wheels came off again in their following match, a dire 22-0 drubbing at Huddersfield Giants.
“We should have taken what we did against Wigan into last week’s game, but we never did,” Gale admitted of Tigers’ latest reverse. “I think it was our attitude – they ran harder and tackled harder. It is as simple as that.
“We started scratchy, from the word go. We went in at half-time and got a bit of a dishing up from Powelly (coach Daryl Powell). He asked us for a response and we started the second half worse than we started the first. It was just really poor from us and we’ve got a lot of questions to answer after that, but we’ll be working hard in training this week to get that right.”
Gale said last Thursday’s performance was a shock, after Cas seemed to be getting on track. He added: “We did the exact same build-up to Wigan. We put a few new plays in, we trained well, we executed them well in training. It was exactly the same, but it was just one of those games when we never got out of the blocks.
“It was a bit of a slugfest and we were just waiting for our reply, but it never came. It was a poor game and our attitude was really poor.”
Tigers are back in action on Friday when they take on visitors Salford Red Devils. With the competition due to split after round 23 and a record of four defeats from their opening five games, pressure is beginning to mount on Tigers.
“It’s definitely a big one this week,” Gale said. “The good thing about rugby league is, there’s always a game around the corner.
“We kind of want that to come along as quickly as possible, to right the wrongs. We have got that to look forward to now.”
The positive for Tigers is they have shown what they can do, having dominated against Wigan just six days before the Giants debacle.
“We should have carried that on, but it was a completely different game,” Gale admitted. “We are probably feeling a bit like Wigan did last week, we’ve been dominated in all departments and we know it wasn’t good enough. The boys will be working hard in training all week to fix it.”
Giants were the first team to outplay Tigers this year and Gale said: “To be honest, they are the hard ones to take.
“You can kind of take it when you get beaten by St Helens and a couple of calls here and there.
“In Catalans it was the last minute of the game, but you can’t take ones like last week, either as a coach or a player.
“It is just not good enough. Watching the video back was tough, but we have to dust ourselves off and get back on the horse this week.
“That’s what we intend to do.”