Castleford Tigers: We’ll celebrate Shield success then get back to business says Junior Moors

Castleford's Greg Minikin, Zak Hardaker and Mike McMeeken celebrate with the League Leaders' Shield.
Castleford's Greg Minikin, Zak Hardaker and Mike McMeeken celebrate with the League Leaders' Shield.
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THE CELEBRATIONS are continuing, but forward Junior Moors says Castleford Tigers will be all business when the time comes.

Tigers were presented with the Betfred Super League leaders’ shield after their 45-20 win over Wakefield Trinity at the Jungle two days ago.

Junior Moors.

Junior Moors.

It is the first time the club has topped the table in the elite division and there were jubilant scenes after the game – with the players taking a full part.

Tigers still need to go on and win October’s Grand Final to be crowned champions and Moors said they are determined to enjoy the moment, but won’t be taking their eyes off the big challenge still to come.

“It is a great feeling, not just for us as a team, but as a club and the community,” he said of collecting Tigers’ first major silverware since the Regal Trophy in 1994.

“We have waited a long time so it is great to get the reward for all the hard work from everyone.

“We will enjoy it, but when it comes to next week we have got another job to do.”

Tigers have no game until they visit Huddersfield Giants on September 1. They will be going away for a couple of days to a late-season camp at Newcastle Falcons Rugby Union Club and Moors said: “It is chance for us to regroup and start again.

“We have got four weeks leading into a semi-final and potentially Grand Final so it is a big week for us.”

Despite Tigers’ next four games being effectively meaningless from their point of view, the 27-year-old stressed: “We will definitely maintain our focus. It is about gaining some momentum going into the semi-finals and those games are really important to us.

“Our focus now is on those four, then whatever happens after that.”

Moors also reckons Tigers will learn from Thursday’s game. They made a nervous start and looked tense at times and he reflected: “We played a bit frantic at some stages, but once we settled down we came away with it.

“It is important for us to play our own game and not get ahead of ourselves. I think the emotion got to us a bit at the start, but it was good to get the win.”

Moors, who was born in Auckland, New Zealand and has played three times for Samoa, has become one of the most respected forwards in Super League since joining Tigers from Melbourne Storm ahead of the 2015 campaign.

He missed eight games due to a medial knee ligament injury suffered against Warrington Wolves on June 11 before making his comeback off the bench two days ago.

His return is a huge boost for Tigers ahead of the semi-finals and he said: “It is great to get back, it has been a long time. Watching the boys was pretty frustrating, but it is great to be back out there.

“I was pretty rusty, but it was good to get out there for that game with such a great crowd and great atmosphere, as always.”

Moors revealed his comeback didn’t go entirely to plan: “I came through okay, but I had a scare – I twinged it a bit and it could have been either way, but it came through all right.

“I am confident I’ll be okay for the next game.

“It is a good time to come back, four games is a long time to get back into the swing of things and hopefully that’s what I’ll be able to do.”