FORWARD LEE Jewitt says Castleford Tigers have to start making their own luck.
Tigers have dropped to seventh in First Utility Super League following back-to-back losses to Wigan Warriors and Huddersfield Giants.
Those defeats came either side of a beating at Hull in the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup and at a time when Tigers’ injury list continues to mount.
Second-rower Frankie Mariano was the latest player to join the casualty list, suffering a suspected anterior cruciate knee ligament injury in the loss to Huddersfield, which will sideline him for the rest of the year if confirmed.
Last Thursday’s setback was highly controversial as Giants had two dubious tries confirmed by video referees Ben Thaler and Steve Ganson.
Jewitt said: “We probably could have helped ourselves a little bit.
“A couple of calls didn’t go our way, but that’s the luck we’re having at the moment.
“A lot of things are going against us, but you have to make your own luck.
“We probably could be helping ourselves a bit more, but at the same time, things are going against us.”
Jewitt is confident things will turn around for Tigers, who face Wakefield Trinity Wildcats in Sunday’s closing game of the Magic Weekend at Newcastle’s St James’ Park, if they continue to work hard.
“The effort’s there,” he stressed.
“Everyone can see that. The boys are trying their hardest.
“We’re working hard in training and we’re going out there and working hard on the field.
“It’s just something’s not with us at the moment. But I think one win will kick us on, I really do.”
Tigers will have a golden opportunity to get back on track this weekend, against a Wakefield team on a run of 12 successive Super League defeats.
With most of the teams around them playing each other, Sunday’s fixture is chance for Tigers to force their way back into top-four contention.
But Wildcats won at the Jungle in round one and Jewitt insisted it is a tricky fixture against a side currently without a head coach.
“They will probably be a different team,” he warned.
“When a coach leaves and a new one is coming in, everyone wants to impress.
“For us it’s just about concentrating on ourselves and taking care of what we need to do.
“I’m sure if we do what we can do well, we’ll have no problem.”
Meanwhile, Tigers prop Ryan Bailey has been charged with Grade A punching in last week’s game. He is accused of the offence on Giants’ Brett Ferres in the 19th minute.
Bailey, who limped out of the match due to a calf injury, has the option of submitting an early guilty plea, which would mean he escapes without a ban.
Other players charged following last weekend’s matches were Salford’s Corey Paterson (Grade B striking) and Adam Walne (two charges of Grade C dangerous contact) and Catlans Dragons’ Ian Henderson (Grade B dangeorus contact).