Castleford: Tigers skipper Shenton goes on the offensive

Michael Shenton

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ATTACK WILL be the best form of defence for Castleford Tigers when they visit in-form Wigan Warriors on Friday, according to skipper Michael Shenton.

The hosts made a shaky start to the season, but have won their last four matches, including a 60-0 thrashing of hapless Hull KR four days ago.

That was their second clean sheet inside a month, after a 34-0 shut-out of Catalans Dragons.

But Tigers will travel to DW Stadium on the back of successive wins which have lifted them to fifth in First Utility Super League and Shenton said they won’t be worrying about what Wigan might do.

“We have got to go there and meet fire with fire,” he stressed.

“They are probably the form team at the minute and they are executing really well.

“They have got their good-ball shape really strong and our defence has got to be better again.

“We’re making improvements but we must improve more.”

Tigers’ confidence is high after their 36-28 home win over Catalans two days ago.

Castleford went into the game with several key players unavailable through injury or suspension.#

They then lost stand-off Ben Roberts on the morning of the match and then had to cope without returning winger Denny Solomona, who pulled out after the warm-up.

“We had a lot of adversity coming into the game, a few niggles and stuff,” Shenton admitted. “I know a few other teams have injury crises, but we have our own going on.

“It’s good, though, the way the coaching staff and players have acted.

“We haven’t moaned about it once and just trusted the boys who have come in to do a job. “I think there’s only been one real bad performance in recent weeks and we’ve won four out of five which shows where we’re heading.

“Even if some performances have been scratchy, we’re moving in the right places.”

Tigers led Catalans 20-0, only to see their lead cut to just two points at one stage.

Shenton said the way Tigers coped when things weren’t going their way is a major positive to take into Friday’s difficult match.

“It was a really pleasing, tough win,” Shenton said. “We always knew at some point they’d come strong.

“At the start it was all Catalans and really we struggled to get out of our own half.

“They built pressure very well.

“But the way we handled it and the composure, the effort and determination for each other to protect the line was pretty special really.”

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