Castleford Tigers: Moors in contention for Tigers after injury scare

Junior Moors.
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KEY FORWARD Junior Moors is confident of being available for Castleford Tigers’ home clash with Warrington Wolves on Sunday.

Moors finished the 16-12 win over St Helens yesterday on the sidelines after suffering a bang to the head.

Michael Shenton.

Michael Shenton.

But he insisted he was not badly hurt and plans to prove his fitness for this weekend.

“I got a bit of a head knock,” he confirmed.

“It was just a precaution really, coming off.

“They told me to stay off just in case, but I should be great for Sunday.”

The victory over Saints, coupled with second-placed Salford Red Devils’ defeat at home to Wakefield Trinity, lifted Tigers four points clear at the top of Betfred Super League.

It was Tigers’ third game in 10 days – against opponents who had not played for 11 – and they were without rested quartet Zak Hardaker, Michael Shenton, Luke Gale and Grant Millington, plus the injured pair of Adam Milner and Matt Cook.

Will Maher, who had been set for a call-up, missed out due to a sternum injury and Moors rated it as one of the best wins of an outstanding campaign so far.

“It was a tough slog last week with the two games,” he reflected.

“There’s a lot of tired bodies around, but it was a great win.

“It was huge, we knew it was just all about us and getting our attitude right.

“We figured they might take us a bit easy with the boys that were missing so we just worried about ourselves and getting our attitude right in defence and attack and it came off for us.”

After losing some tight games earlier in the year, Cas have proved they can win close contests.

“That’s probably been the best part,” Moors added.

“We’ve been blowing out some scores, but the ones we really want to win are the tight encounters. It is good to get those and Sunday was one of the best of the season for us.”

Tigers have moved a step closer to the league leaders’ shield, but Moors insisted they can’t relax despite their clear lead in the table.

“We are still in the middle of the year,” he stressed. “The important ones are at the end of the season.

“We will keep on going and trying to improve every week and it’ll put us in good stead for the end of the year.

“The plan is to maintain our form, but also to improve.

“There’s some things we want to improve on and I definitely think it’s there for us to do.”

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