Castleford Tigers: We’ll just roll up our sleeves and get on with it, says Clark

UP FOR THE JOB: Tigers hooker Daryl Clark believes that his side can cope with the busy Easter schedule.
UP FOR THE JOB: Tigers hooker Daryl Clark believes that his side can cope with the busy Easter schedule.
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THERE’S no point complaining, we just have to get on with it. That’s the attitude hooker Daryl Clark says Castleford Tigers are taking into their hectic next two weeks.

Tomorrow evening’s game at Hull KR – which was moved back two days at the request of Sky TV – is the first of four fixtures in 13 days for Tigers.

It is the most hectic Easter programme facing any Super League club, but Clark said: “That’s what we’ve been dealt and we are just going to have to work around it.

“Our physios know how to manage us through these next few games and hopefully we’ll get no injuries and we’ll all be fit and ready.

“We want to be out there as much as we can playing, because that’s what we are in the game to do.

“If we get no injuries and we can keep a strong team out there for every game, hopefully we will do well.”

After tomorrow’s clash with Rovers, Tigers face Wakefield Trinity Wildcats (Friday), St Helens (Monday) and Huddersfield Giants (Friday), but Clark, 20, is not siding with critics who claim Super League’s Easter schedule is too tough.

“The contact of the sport is getting bigger and bigger every year,” he accepted. “But if that’s what they put in front of you, you’ve just got to deal with it and hope for the best with injuries.

“Hopefully I’ll be out there for all four games.”

Tigers’ only win this season was the round two conquering of Leeds Rhinos and they have lost three in a row since a draw with Catalan Dragons.

Cas led 12-6 at half-time against London Broncos last week only to go down 26-12 and Clark admitted they need to be much better tomorrow.

“We started the season pretty well, against the teams we’ve played at home,” he said.

“But the last couple of games, it has not been good enough. I think everyone in the team knows that, but this game is one we should be winning. We started well last week and we felt comfortable in the first half.

“But in the second half we came out and we left everything in the changing rooms.

“Nothing went for us and we didn’t perform. If we play to how we can and do all the little things right we’ll be able to cause problems.

“We’ve got the players to put points on the board and if we do the little things right hopefully everything will fall into place and the wins will start coming.

“There’s nothing wrong with team spirit.

“We just need to get back to the way that we started the season.”

Hull KR: from Eden, Brown, Salter, Welham, D Hodgson, Burns, Dobson, Tuimavave, Carlile, Lovegrove, Mika, Paterson, Griffin, J Hodgson, Horne, Paea, Hall, Cox, Beaumont.

Castleford Tigers: from Tansey, Owen, Shenton, Webster, Dixon, Chase, Ellis, Emmitt, Clark, Huby, Gilmour, Millington, Holmes, Walker, Massey, Thompson, Hauraki, Milner, Mason.

Referee: James Child (Batley).

Kick-off: Sunday, 6.15pm.

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