Winger Nick Youngquest is confident Castleford Tigers will get their season on track, when they start doing the “little things” right.
Tigers haven’t won since their round one trip to Salford City Reds and are second from bottom in the Stobart Super League table with a quarter of the season gone.
Though Friday’s 42-4 thrashing at Huddersfield Giants was their sixth successive loss, Youngquest reckons Tigers’ performance wasn’t all bad – but he admitted they didn’t do the good things for long enough.
“We did well in parts, we just didn’t do anything consistently,” he said. “Basil (coach Ian Millward) has been saying since he’s been here that we need to do things consistently and not worry about the score too much.
“I think that’s where we’ve been struggling. For the first half an hour we were okay, then they scored a couple of late tries in the half and that made it tough.
“We have got to do things on a consistent basis and we haven’t been doing that. We aren’t worrying too much about losing, we want to do things well and we haven’t been doing that.
“It is a hard grind Super League, it is still early days so we just need to get back on the pitch, train hard and start doing things right.”
Confidence isn’t an issue, according to Youngquest. “I don’t think so,” he said. “If anything, blokes like Rangi (Chase) are trying too hard.
“We put a lot of emphasis on Rangi, but everything goes back to consistency – we have to be consistent.
“We need to be completing our sets and getting up the field. That’s how we are going to compete in games.”
Tigers do have a host of key players on the sidelines, with the likes of Craig Huby, Danny Orr, Josh Griffin and Paul Jackson all missing last weekend’s game, but Youngquest isn’t willing to use that as an excuse.
“It’s not easy, especially with a smallish squad,” he admitted. “But some of the younger guys who have come in have been playing okay.
“All I can say is it ties back into what Basil wants us to do and if we start doing the little things well, our fortunes will start to turn around.
“We’ve got Hull on Sunday and they are another good team.
“We want to play well against them and try and get back to winning ways for the fans.
“They keep turning up week in and week out and they were great on Friday and great the week before against London.
“Some of them are getting frustrated with the way things have gone, but hopefully they will stick with us and we can put a few performances in.”
Giants are top of the table and Youngquest, pictured right, feels they can be genuine title contenders this term. He said: “They were very good.
“When they’ve got Shaun Lunt who makes the England squad yet can’t make their team, that shows how good they are.
“They are a quality side, they’ve got three quality halves and with Luke George scoring tries on the wing, they just steam-rollered us.”
Tigers’ Nathan Massey has received a formal caution from the RFL for “dangerous contact” in the 77th minute of Friday’s game.