'We've got to get our head right and go again' - Derrell Olpherts insists Castleford Tigers will bounce back from Wigan Warriors defeat
The pain of defeat outweighs Castleford Tigers winger Derrell Olpherts’ pride at another strong personal performance.
Olpherts scored both Tigers’ tries in the 22-12 loss at Wigan Warriors two days ago which ended Castleford’s 100 per cent start to the season.
Olpherts admitted: “There were a couple of positives, but it’s still a loss.”
He said: “We had a couple of opportunities to win that game and we didn’t.
“We are all a bit gutted, we can play a lot better than that.
“You always want to beat the big teams, Wigan, St Helens and Leeds.
“Games like that are a grind and when you have opportunities to win, it hurts a bit more to lose.”
Tigers’ next two games are both against Salford Red Devils, away in the league next Friday and a Betfred Challenge Cup quarter-final eight days later at Leeds’ Emerald Headingley.
Olpherts stressed: “We are three from four [in Super League], we’ve got to get our head right and go again.
“We want to win them all, but it [the defeat two days ago] will give us more motivation to get a win, more desire.
“We have to be a bit tighter in D [defence] and I think we would have got Wigan.”
Olpherts and full-back Niall Evalds will both be facing their former club in the back-to-back clashes with Salford.
The pair’s combination with right-centre Peter Mata’utia is a proving a lethal attacking weapon for Tigers and Olpherts reckons his past and current teammate has been “awesome” in his first few games as a Castleford player.
“He is an outstanding full-back,” Olpherts said.
“He has fitted seamlessly into our team and he is an asset to our side.
“I thought he had a great game [at Wigan].
Olpherts also praised Jordan Turner, who moved to stand-off after Gareth O’Brien and Danny Richardson were both ruled out.
Turner suffered a groin problem against Wigan, but Olpherts said: “He is having to play everywhere at the minute and he’s doing a right job for us. Credit to him, he is playing awesome as well.”
Tigers coach Daryl Powell is hopeful front-rower Grant Millington will be available for next week after failing a head injury assessment at Wigan.