CASTLEFORD TIGERS will need to be much better in Sunday’s final away game of the season at Wigan Warriors, hooker Paul McShane reckons.
The Betfred Super League leaders saw off Leeds Rhinos 38-24 last week, but McShane felt they were well below their best, especially in the second half.
Tigers led 30-6 at the break, but were outscored in the second 40 minutes and McShane said they will need to be more ruthless in the sudden-death games coming up.
“We need to keep our concentration and our intent,” the former Leeds and Wakefield Trinity man reflected. “We probably took our foot off and we got punished for it really, which is disappointing.
“We spoke about it in the changing rooms after the game. We need to up it this week at training if we are going to beat Wigan away.”
Tigers have nothing to play for in the table, but Wigan, the defending champions, have climbed to third and McShane expects them to come out firing.
We need to keep our concentration and our intent and up it this week at training if we are going to beat Wigan away.Castleford Tigers’ hooker, Paul McShane
“They are a big-game team,” he warned. “You can never write them off and, especially playing over at their place, it is going to be a tough game.
“We just need to knuckle down this week and get our details right.”
Wigan are possible Grand Final opponents for Tigers and McShane added: “We want to keep winning now to keep building momentum. We don’t want to end up slipping with performances and then struggling to get that back.
“We need to keep on ticking results over by playing well. We played well for 25-30 minutes last week and it needs to be 80.
“That’s where mental toughness and concentration comes in. We just need to be a lot smarter towards the back end of games and dig in.”