CASTLEFORD TIGERS haven’t given up on a place at Old Trafford, but veteran forward Danny Tickle insists they are taking it one game at a time.
Tigers, who play host to Warrington Wolves tomorrow, have secured a spot in the First Utility Super-8s with two matches remaining in the regular season.
They are seven points outside the all-important top-four – who will play-off for an appearance in the Grand Final at the end of the year – with 18 still to play for.
That makes tomorrow’s visit of third-placed Warrington a four-pointer, but Tickle reckons their priority now has to be building on last week’s 38-24 victory over Catalans Dragons.
“There’s a couple of games to go before the split and still a long way to go in the season,” Tickle said.
“Every team has their goals, but I think for us it is just important that the lads keep performing every week and keep building to finish the season strongly. Hopefully that is the case.”
Last week’s win ended a run of four defeats in all competitions and was Tigers’ first home Super League success since April.
“We are having a lot of injuries, but so are every other team,” said Tickle, who joined Tigers three months ago after being released by Widnes Vikings. We have just got to keep performing each week and it will be no different going into this week.
“We want to win every game. It is a great atmosphere to play in at Castleford when you’re winning. It is all new to me, I have really enjoyed it and I’d like to think we can get another win this week.”
Tickle is confident last week was a step in the right direction. He added: “It has been disappointing over the last few weeks, especially at home, but I thought the lads played pretty well.
“There were a few defensive errors to work on, but we had a tough week in training and it showed on the day.”
The 33-year-old second-rower – who missed the start of the season after being injured during an incident in Wigan last November – signed for Tigers until the end of the year and indicated he would be happy to stay, if he gets the chance.
“It is a great club,” he said. “All the players are singing off the same hymn sheet and so far, I have enjoyed my time here.
“I will just keep moving and keep working and I will see what happens. I am just going to play it week by week.
“I got an opportunity quite early, after what I went through, but I don’t pick the team. Daryl [Powell, Tigers’ coach] does that and he has got a lot of players coming back from injuries as well.
“I think that’s what he needs to have that winning mentality. You need competition for places and whatever happens, happens.”
Nathan Massey (wrist) has dropped out of Tigers’ squad for tomorrow and Rangi Chase, Tom Holmes and Will Maher are in contention to replace him.
Warrington will welcome Kurt Gidley back after a hamstring injury.
Castleford Tigers from: Chase, Cook, Crooks, Dorn, Gale, Hampshire, O Holmes, T Holmes, Maher, Mariano, McShane, Millington, Milner, Minikin, Moors, Patrick, Solomona, Springer, Tickle.
Warrington Wolves from: Atkins, Bailey, Clark, Currie, Dwyer, Evans, Gidley, Hill, Hughes, G King, T King, Lineham, Penny, Ratchford, Russell, Sandow, Sims, Westerman, Westwood
Referee: Chris Kendall.
Kick-off: Tomorrow, 3.30pm.