a TOP-FOUR finish in Super League is a realistic target for Castleford Tigers, according to import Junior Moors.
The former Melbourne Storm prop believes Cas have everything to play for over the final nine games of the weekly campaign, despite their recent inconsistent form and horrendous injury list.
After 14 First Utility Super League rounds, Tigers have a 50 per cent winning record and are sixth in the table, seven points off top spot, one behind fourth-placed Huddersfield Giants – who they play at home next Thursday – and two clear of Hull KR, in ninth.
Their season could still go either way, but Moors – who was set to make his Ladbrokes Challenge Cup debut in this afternoon’s sixth round tie at Hull – reckons Tigers will climb the table before the competition splits after round 23.
“We have taken a couple of big steps in the last couple of rounds and we are almost at where we want to be,” said the 28-year-old, who has also played for Wests Tigers and Penrith Panthers.
“We just need to be consistent now and I think we can get into the top-four. There is a big opportunity for us in the next couple of weeks to climb up the ladder and that is what we are looking to do.
“I think everyone is trying to strive for that top four and we are no different. We are going to take these next four games and try and make sure we climb up the ladder.”
But Moors warned: “The comp is really tight. Every game is going to be a tough game here.
“I think I have learned that early. If you lose a game you don’t want to lose by too much because that is going to come into play at the end of the year.”
Moors was a member of the Castleford team beaten 28-0 at Wigan Warriors in monsoon conditions eight days ago and admitted the weather over here has made adjusting to Super League tougher than he expected.
“It was a bit of a slow transition to start with,” he conceded. “But I am starting to find my feet a bit.
“Because of the conditions, it is a very different game here to back home.
“You have to play a different type of football here.
“Me and Benny Roberts have had to adapt and I think we’re slowly doing that.
“With the wet conditions it’s harder to play with the ball, so we’ve had to tuck that in a bit more and concentrate on holding the ball.
“I have been told the sun is coming out soon. I am still waiting, but hopefully it gets out there soon.”
Moors revealed Tigers’ style of play was what attracted him to the club and, despite having not seen much sunshine so far, he has no regrets about the move.
“I think what Daryl [Powell, Tigers’ coach] had done last year with the team and the opportunity to come here and try and continue that was a big attraction,” he said.
“I spoke to some clubs at home, but Cas were the first from here.
“It was pretty early in the year so I made my mind up pretty early.
“I am not sure if my game suits Super League, but I think it suits the team.
“I think Daryl saw that in me and I am just trying to contribute as much as I can.
“I haven’t hit my best form yet, but I am just slowly getting to where I want to be and where the team wants to be.”