Castleford Tigers: Tigers are keeping feet firmly on ground

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After being relegated twice with Castleford Tigers, long-serving prop Craig Huby is pleased the club are being talked about for the right reasons.

After being relegated twice with Castleford Tigers, long-serving prop Craig Huby is pleased the club are being talked about for the right reasons.

Depending on results elsewhere, Tigers could return to the top of First Utility Super League if they make it four wins from four at home to Wigan Warriors on Sunday.

Tigers’ flying start to the year has already shocked many pundits, who tipped Cas as likely relegation candidates, but Huby insisted he can’t see any reason why they won’t maintain their impressive pace throughout the year.

“It is still early days and we are just taking it week by week,” insisted Huby, who made his debut 11 years ago. “But hopefully we can do something special this season.

“If people keep working hard and keep their feet on the ground there is no reason why we can’t stay in the top-eight. That’s probably the target, we know what ability we have got as a team and it would be nice to achieve that. We haven’t done it for a while and it would be a good reward for a good season.”

Twelve months ago Tigers has lost two of their opening three games and were in the early stages of a run which would see them go nine games without a victory, ultimately leading to the departure of team boss Ian Millward. Huby said greater depth in the squad has contributed to this year’s improved form, but he added: “Also, Daryl Powell has come in, he is a different coach and he has freshened things up.

“He has brought some different ideas and the players have had a bit of input. Everybody seems to get on with him and he’s not just a good coach, he is a good bloke as well. The players respect him and he has been there and done it in his career.”

Tigers will go into the Wigan game with a positive points difference of 64, having scored 98 points and conceded only 34.

Huby identified defence as the biggest area of improvement, but he feels Tigers can still get much better.

“There’s quite a bit of improvement still to be done,” he predicted.

“There’s bits and bobs we can do better at.

“Daryl has sat us down and told us a few areas we can improve on and if we do, we can play quite a bit better.

“Our defence has been pleasing and I think that’s down to attitude as much as everything.

“Everybody wants to defend for each other and work hard for the team.

There’s no individuals, we are all just a team.”

Huby reckons Sunday’s visit of the reigning Challenge Cup and Super League champions will be Tigers’ biggest test so far.

“They are a quality team with quality players,” he said.

“They are probably a benchmark for where we want to be. It is a big test for us.

“We just want to keep doing what we are doing and to keep playing well as a team.

“We know we have got to put in a good performance, because they are a good side.

“Our fans have been unbelievable so far. Hopefully we will have 8-9,000 in the ground on Sunday and they will really push us on and help us get another good result.”

Tigers took time out from training yesterday to do some team bonding.

Huby said: “We wanted to go go-karting – it was a good laugh and good fun.

“The players organised it and we paid for it ourselves. It is good to get a break from training and do something a bit different.”

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