FREE-SCORING WINGER Denny Solomona has admitted the manner of Castleford Tigers’ first defeat in six games was a concern.
Tigers’ impressive run came to an end when they were beaten 21-18 at Hull two days ago.
Cas had led 14-6 at the break, but Solomona reckons Hull had a better attitude in the final 40 minutes.
“The first half wasn’t too bad, though we have started better,” Solomona said.
“In the second half it just came down to attitude, who wanted it more and was hungry enough to go and get it.
“That is definitely a big worry for us. We can’t have anyone feeling comfortable with where we are at the moment and hopefully we can keep pushing on.”
Solomona touched down twice against Hull, extending his try-scoring run to six games.
He has crossed 13 times in that sequence, but insisted: “That’s credit to the rest of the boys, like Jake Webster and Mike McMeeken.
“They do all the hard yards and I just finish it off.”
McMeeken switched into the centres, from the second-row, after Webster was injured in the first half of the game at KC Stadium.
Solomona played alongside McMeeken for London Broncos last year and reckons he is an exciting prospect.
“He is class,” said the winger. “He is still young and still learning and I think with Jake Webster and Junior Moors playing outside and inside him, he is just going to get better and better.”
Tigers are already guaranteed to be in Super-8s when the competition splits in two rounds’ time, but the loss at Hull cost them chance to move into the top-four.
Teams in the top-four at the end of the regular rounds will play four home games in the Super-8s, with the rest having three at home and four on the road.
Castleford remain fifth, behind Huddersfield Giants on points difference, but have an opportunity to climb a place when they visit bottom club Wakefield Trinity Wildcats on Sunday.
Giants are away to Catalans Dragons – who have lost just once at home this season – the previous afternoon and Solomona admitted: “This weekend is massive for our top-four chances.
“After the weekend we have to pick it up a notch. We have got to work hard in training and then rip into Wakefield.”
Meanwhile, Tigers captain Michael Shenton and players Grant Millington and Luke Dorn will be special guests at Castleford supporters’ club’s meeting in the WSTS Suite at the Jungle tonight (7.45pm start).
Admission members is £1 for members and £3 for non-members.