ACE HALF-BACK Luke Gale says Castleford Tigers will be on a revenge mission this Friday when they face Hull at the Jungle.
Hull are second in Betfred Super League, seven points behind Tigers, but have beaten them twice this season – including a 32-24 win in the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup less than two weeks ago.
That result still hurts and Gale insisted: “We’ll be looking for a bit of revenge.”
He said: “I think we owe them, to be honest. They will be revved up – obviously they found a way to beat us last time and the time before.
“I am sure they’ll be confident, but we’ll be looking to bounce back.”
Victory in three days’ time would also be a giant step towards the league leaders’ shield, but Gale insisted: “A lot of people keep mentioning that, but we don’t really look at the table.
I think we owe them, to be honest. They will be revved up – obviously they found a way to beat us last time and the time before.Castleford’s Luke Gale
“We tend to take it one game at a time and keep knocking them off. If we do that the points take care of themselves. It’s an old cliché, but one we’ve been looking at.”
Last Friday’s 23-12 win at Leeds Rhinos has left Tigers in buoyant mood and Gale reckons they answered some doubters after the loss at Hull.
“If we get beaten people will say we’ve dropped off,” he reflected. “We don’t worry about things like that, we just worry about what we’ve got inside our group and come the business end we’ll be ready.
“We are our own worst critics. People can say what they want, but we’ll just keep it in-house. I think last Friday was a great way to respond and I was proud of the boys, I thought they were outstanding.”
Tigers’ attack has grabbed the headlines this year, but Gale felt the win at Headingley was based on defence.
He said: “Our D [defence] gets overlooked, but I think it has been outstanding this year.
“We are the best defensive side in the comp. Leeds scored two tries off two errors.
“Our defence was very good and that’s credit to our middles. They have been really good.”
Tigers were without captain Michael Shenton and veteran Andy Lynch against Leeds, as well as long-term casualties Matt Cook, Junior Moors and Oliver Holmes.
Gale hailed fit-again forward Larne Patrick, who has played in the last two games after recovering from wrist surgery.
“Powelly [Castleford coach Daryl Powell] said before last week’s game we’d got Gadwin [Springer] and Larne who hadn’t played many minutes and he said to them we need a big game from you,” the acting-skipper revealed.
“Gadwin went well and I thought Larne was outstanding, he put in a great performance.
“He’s like a new signing and he is going to add plenty to us this year.”