ANOTHER TELEVISION appearance reflects Castleford Tigers’ crowd-pleasing style of rugby, in the view of prop Lee Jewitt.
Fourth-placed Tigers travel to Hull tomorrow for their fourth successive Sky-televised game.
“It’s another tough one,” said Jewitt, who signed a new two-year contract last week. “It seems like we are on TV every week, but that is a compliment to the club and the way we are playing, that people would want to see us play. “It is all good and we will just keep kicking on.”
Tigers will make the short trip to East Yorkshire full of confidence after last Thursday’s 24-24 draw at Leeds Rhinos.
Jewitt said the challenge now is to build on an “outstanding” display, which he felt should have been good enough to claim both points and lift Cas into top spot in the table.
“We were a bit disappointed with the draw,” he said. “We thought we were the better side, but on the whole at least we came away from Headingley with something. Not many teams do that.”
The big prop provided the pass which sent fellow pack man Grant Millington over for Tigers’ fourth and final try, setting Marc Sneyd up to kick the equalising conversion in the final minutes.
“If I hadn’t given it to him I would have been in a bit of trouble,” Jewitt conceded. “He was screaming for it. I had to give it him, but it was nice to send him over, especially under the circumstances. We were down by six, so it was nice.”
Jewitt had earlier kept Tigers in contention by charging down a drop goal attempt from Kevin Sinfield, when Leeds led by six, but he insisted it was a collective effort.
“As a team we worked hard,” he said. “Deep down we knew we could go there and do a job. We were disappointed, we think it is one point lost because we were the better side and we had a lot going for us, but it wasn’t to be – but it is better to come away with a point than nothing.”
A win at Hull tomorrow would lift Tigers into second spot in First Utility Super League, but scrum-half Liam Finn insisted they must maintain their standards, or all this year’s hard work could be wasted.
“We have put ourselves in a good positon going into the last stretch,” Finn said. “But it won’t count for much unless we kick on for the last third and make these big games count.
“All we have done up to now is put ourselves in a good position. We are expecting a tough game this week, Hull are usually good at home, tough to beat and really physical.
“We are expecting them to bounce back from last week and really come out of the blocks. I am sure Radders [coach Lee Radford] will have them fired up and there’s quite a lot for them to play for.”
Tigers have two games to go –tomorrow and a home clash with London Broncos a week on Sunday – before their Tetley’s Challenge Cup semi-final against Widnes Vikings, on Sunday, August 10.
Finn admitted with that huge tie just around the corner, nobody in the team can afford to clock off.
“It’s massive,” he said of the semi-final. “I would say it would probably be the biggest game of my career.
“I think it is helping us keep our form a little bit – we are all jostling to keep ourselves in the team.
“I know it is personally, knowing with one bad performance you could be out of the team next week or the week after, which would be pretty hard to take.”