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Castleford Tigers: We won’t change approach against Broncos - Millward

Castleford's Jake Webster.

Castleford's Jake Webster.

  • by Peter Smith
 

There will be no change of approach from Castleford Tigers when they take on London Broncos on Sunday.

Tigers have collected three points from a daunting opening six games which saw them take on Challenge Cup winners Warrington Wolves, Super League champions Leeds Rhinos, Bradford Bulls (who would have qualified for the play-offs but for a points deduction), Catalan Dragons (fourth in 2012), Wigan Warriors (first) and Hull (sixth).

Tomorrow’s visitors were 12th last term and sit bottom of the table, two places and one point behind Tigers, at the start of round seven.

“We haven’t really talked about playing London,” Tigers coach Ian Millward said. “We are still at the stage of talking about effort, working hard for each other and our concentration.

“We’ve learnt something from every game this year and after every game we’ve known that we’ve got improvement in us.

“The first six were all teams that made the play-offs last year, because Bradford would have done so if they hadn’t been deducted points.

“Now we are playing London, but every team in the league spends more money than us. London spend the full salary cap.

“Every week we are going to be up against a team whose salary cap is higher than ours, even Salford now.

“We are still learning each week and I don’t think it matters which team we play. It is about getting a little better, that’s the key for us.

“I look at London and I think they should be a top-eight team. I do respect them and I think they will do well.

“But if we play like we did in the first five I am quietly confident that we’ll get the business done.”

Millward insisted he didn’t set a target for the tough opening six rounds.

“I was very interested to see how we went,” he said.

“I just wanted to see how we were performing and where we were.

“I’d like to look and see how we go in the next five or six, because after the next couple we have to play four games in 12 days.

“The first six games were going to put us under pressure to see what our workmanship was like and camaraderie. I reckon that has been really good so let’s move on to the next phase now.”

Broncos’ side for tomorrow’s game will be selected from the players beaten by Hull KR last week, plus Michael Robertson and Olsi Krasniqi.

Castleford Tigers: from Tansey, Kirk Dixon, Shenton, Webster, Owen, Chase, Ellis, Massey, Milner, Huby, Millington, Gilmour, Holmes, Clark, Mason, Thompson, Emmitt, Walker, Fleming.

London Broncos: from Dorn, Colbon, Channing, Sarginson, Kieran Dixon, Witt, Gower, Cook, Randall, Bryant, Rodney, Bailey, Lee, Clubb, Fisher, Lovell, Kaufusi, Robertson, Krasniqi.

Referee: Tim Roby (Preston).

Kick-off: March 17, 3.30pm.

 

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