the pressure is off Castleford Tigers now they have got their first win, full-back Luke Dorn says.
Tigers broke their First Utility Super League duck in magnificent style with a 42-14 home win over Wigan Warriors, when Dorn made his season’s debut.
Now the Aussie reckons Tigers – who visit Huddersfield Giants on Thursday – can string a series of results together and climb towards their aim of a top-four spot.
“It is early enough that we haven’t let anything get away from us,” Dorn said.
“Another two points there and we’re right in the mix, then we can start building in confidence. The pressure to get our first win was on everybody and now that’s gone we can move forward with our performances.”
Dorn felt Tigers weren’t far away before Friday’s super-show.
He added: “I think we have been pretty unlucky, our performances haven’t really been reflected in where we are on the table.
“We had the game under control in round one, then we lost by a point in the second one.
“Things were starting to go against us, but we’ve never lost any sort of confidence or faith. You could see that in the way we started [against Wigan], we were full-on and ready to go.
“We were always confident within the group, the entire group was on board and we’ve been waiting for that sort of performance.
“We probably weren’t ready for that number of points, but we know if we perform at our best and we do the things we practice and talk about and we get our attitude and our discipline right, that can happen against any team we play.”
Dorn missed the opening two games through injury and wasn’t selected for the round three trip to St Helens, but got a call-up after Jordan Tansey was hurt in that match.
“It is disappointing when you go through months of pre-season getting ready and then tweak something just before the start,” he said. “I was happy with how I went [on Friday], but I am just on the end of all the good work done by the team. It is an easy position to play in this team, because there’s so many talented blokes who do some great things. I just jump on the end of it and then it’s up to me to make a right decision here and there and hopefully I can make the right one more often than not.”
Star of the show three days ago was scrum-half Luke Gale, an off-season recruit from Bradford Bulls who played alongside Dorn at London Broncos.
“He is great,” Dorn said. “I’ve known him a long time and he’s an out-and-out half-back.
“He’s an organiser, he takes the line on and he adds a real different dimension to how we play. Once he really gets comfortable with how we play and the boys around him you’ll really see his game go to another level.”