Castleford Tigers: Lynch expects Hull to be a tougher test than Warriors

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The biggest plus from Castleford Tigers’ astonishing win over Wigan Warriors two days ago was that they didn’t play as well as they can.

Thhe biggest plus from Castleford Tigers’ astonishing win over Wigan Warriors two days ago was that they didn’t play as well as they can.

That is the verdict of prop Andy Lynch, who reckons Tigers will be given an even tougher game when they play host to his former club Hull this weekend.

Tigers made it four wins from four with a dramatic 36-31 success over the defending champions, sealed by Luke Dorn’s try 12 seconds from time, moments afer Wigan had taken what looked like being a decisive one-pont lead.

Reflecting on the victory, Lynch said: “I think we have made a little bit of a statement in getting the two points, but there’s a lot of improvement to do.

“We are happy with the two points, but probably not overly happy with some of the things we’ve done. There’s still a lot of work to put in for Hull this week. “Wigan were the biggest test so far for us and we probably didn’t perform to how we know we can. We were 16-0 up and we let them back in; we were ahead, they were ahead and we came back and won it at the end.

“Defensively we have got to tighten up a lot, because Hull will throw a lot at us this week. I think it will probably be a tougher game than it was on Sunday.

“We got 8,500 at the game and they were fantastic. If we can get that kind of support again next week and improve our defensive performance, it could be a massive thing for us.”

Team spirit and a never-say-die attitude were at the heart of Tigers’ win, Lynch added. He said: “Everyone is willing to work for each other and that showed against Wigan in attack.

“There were a few people with hands on knees, but they still keep going and working for each other, but we are looking to improve week-in and week-out.

“There is a special spirit in this team and a willingness to play for 80 minutes and not give up after 76 or 77.

“We need to play for 80 and we were confident going into Sunday’s game that we could come away with two points if we did.”

The game in four days’ time will be Lynch’s first against Hull since he left them to rejoin his hometown club last autumn –and he is hoping to play despite suffering an injury in the second half against Wigan.

Lynch said: “I got a knock to my back, but hopefully it will clear up in time for Sunday.

“It will be a massive game against Hull. It will be special for me and as I know from when I was at Hull, coming to Cas is always a really tough game.

“Hopefully if we improve our defensive performance we will make it tough for them, but they are going to throw a lot of things at us.

“They beat Bradford at the weekend and I’m sure Rads [coach Lee Radford] will have them revved up for this game.

“They have a few ex-Cas players and it is a bit of a homecoming for them, so they will want to put a performance in.”

Tigers will be hoping for another bumper crowd this week. Lynch said: “Hopefully if we keep performing like that and improving more and more fans will want to come down and watch us and we can get the feeling back that we had a few years ago.

“It felt like that on Sunday, so it is down to us as players, coaching staff and the club to get our performance right and put things in place and if we do that the fans are going to come back and support us.”

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