The odds might be stacked against them, but Castleford coach Daryl Powell believes that the finals are not out of reach for his side, after they recorded a shock 18-4 win over competition heavyweights, the Wigan Warriors.
The Tigers upset win over Wigan at the DW Stadium, means they now sit 5 points behind eight placed St Helens, as Powell believes the finals are still in their reach.
“It’s possible,” Powell said.
“It’s a really tough challenge but I sort of set things out when I got to the club. We broke it down into blocks and we needed to do certain things which we didn’t do in the first block.
“I think being able to perform like we have done has given us a little bit of belief that there is a chance. It’s still a tough one but you have to believe in achieving something special and I think we do believe that at the moment.”
Since taking charge of the club in May, Powell labeled that as the best performance he has seen from his side in that time.
“Defensively to concede four points against any Wigan team is a massive effort so I was delighted with the overall performance,” Powell added.
“The spirit and toughness of the side is growing all the time and I’m really delighted. Some of the tries we scored were fantastic play online blackjack for cash and we are growing as a team all the time. The commitment and effort is first rate.”
It was a different kettle of fish for Wigan coach Shaun Wane, who refused to use the short turnaround as an excuse, instead labeling the performance from his players as a poor one.
“It was a poor performance,” he said.
“I thought Castleford were really good, they defended well and they handled the conditions better than us. I want to commend them because Daryl has done a great job while he has been there and the best team won.
“No excuses (from Monday), I still expect us to perform. For me to say that would take something away from Castleford and I thought they were good and the best team we have had here.
“We lacked a bit of energy and if that is because of last Monday then I expect us to get over that. We are better than that and it will never be used as an excuse.”
There was one positive Wane saw, however, and that was the performance by debutant Andy Powell, a former Welsh rugby union player.
“Andy was good. I wanted to use him in six weeks’ time but the way our front rowers are going it was either him or Andy Coley, so I went with Andy Powell and I thought he ran hard.”