Castleford Tigers: Win over Robins is one to savour for prop Massey

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TON-UP prop Nathan Massey will remember Castleford Tigers’ impressive win over Hull KR for a number of reasons.

Tigers outplayed one of First Utility Super League’s form teams to move up to sixth in the table and Massey marked his 100th appearance in the competition with a try.

“To be fair, I didn’t even know,” Massey said of his Super League milestone.

“But it was a nice way to celebrate, with a try and a win.

“My last try was Leeds away last year. I don’t get many, so it’s probably something I’ll remember.”

More importantly, Tigers backed up from their Easter Monday victory at Warrington Wolves with another crucial two points.

Tigers have won four of their last five matches and Massey said: “It was a tough game and we were happy with the result.

“Hull KR have been going well this year and scoring tries for fun, so to keep them to four points was pleasing – and that came off an error by us.

“Especially after Easter and coming off a tough game on the Monday, it was a pretty good result.

“We just seem to be turning up for each other and everyone seems to be gelling now.”

Massey was part of a pack which he felt was “totally dominant” against the East Yorkshire visitors.

“That was good to see,” he said. “I thought our forwards did an outstanding job and it was good to get Lee Jewitt back, to add a bit of spice in there for us.

“At Warrington and on Saturday our forwards have worked exceptionally hard and hopefully we can back it up.”

Tigers visit Widnes Vikings’ artificial pitch on Sunday looking for a third straight win to boost their hopes of a top-four finish.

“They played on Friday at Hull and didn’t get a result,” Massey said of second-bottom Widnes. They’ve had a couple of bad results over Easter, but going over there will be a tough game.

“It’s a bit different playing on that pitch, but hopefully the conditions will be dry again and I think that suits us and our attack and how we play.

“We will go there pretty confident, on the back of two wins.”

Meanwhile, winger Justin Carney was today set to undergo another scan on the elbow he dislocated in the win over Hull KR. Coach Daryl Powell said initial tests suggested there was no broken bone but it was too early to say how long the club’s top try scorer will be out for.

The RFL’s match review committee studied footage of a hand-off by Carney on Hull KR’s Albert Kelly and a late tackle by Jewitt on Terry Campese, but decided not to charge either Cas player.

Mike McMeeken.

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