Holmes wants to build on Wire win

Posted: Monday 22nd July 2019 - 3:23 PM

Castleford’s victory on Sunday over Warrington Wolves is the first time since March that they have won two games back-to-back and with just six matches left of the regular season Daryl Powell has called on his squad to finish strongly, with the aim of a securing playoff position in the top five of the Betfred Super League table.

Oliver Holmes started the season on the sidelines following a shoulder operation in December, came back in March and featured in six games before receiving another set back with a knee injury against Wakefield in April.

After working on getting himself back to 100% he made his comeback in the return match against Wakefield last week making his presence known instantly by backing up a break from Jake Trueman to score a try. Speaking about his strong return into the squad Holmes said:

I'm just happy to get back playing, it’s been disappointing to be sat there on the sidelines when you’re watching the lads. We’ve had a fair few injuries this year and a bit of dip in our form, so I’m really happy to get back. We’re two-from-two now and we’ve just got to keep building on this towards the back end of the year and hopefully finish with a bit of a flourish."

After two wins on the spin Holmes was delighted with beating Warrington, who he insists didn’t focus on their Cup match next week: “Very happy with it, it was a difficult game becuase Warrington had come to play, I know they have got a Challenge Cup semi-final next week but I don’t think that was in their minds at all with the way that they came out to play. It was a very tough game but glad we got the win.”

Holmes added: “We’ve been after these back-to-back wins and putting a good performance in game after game and we’ve struggled to do that in the last couple of weeks. We’ve won, we’ve lost, we’ve won, we’ve lost and been a bit inconsistent and I think that is the key word consistency, we’ve got two wins in a row now and hopefully we can kick on.”

The starting lineup received a bit of a shake following the news that Cheyse Blair would not be featuring in the game after a problem with his back. This meant that the 26-year old forward received an early morning call from Head Coach Daryl Powell.

Bit different for me this week though because I got a call this morning, it woke me up and out of bed actually, from Powelly saying; ‘Look Cheyse Blair, it looks like he’s going to be dropping out with a bit of a back problem, so it looks like you are going to have to play centre!’. Now I haven’t played at centre for about three years really, so I was a bit panicky in the morning but managed to go out there and do a half decent job, we managed to get the win and that is all that matters in the end.”

Following the victory at Wakefield last week Daryl Powell complimented Holmes and called him one of the “emotional leaders” in the group: “I think it’s just the way that I come across when I talk, I don’t think it’s anything technical that I come out with it’s just probably a bit of emotion and passion in there really that maybe other people struggle to put across. You know being a hometown boy it probably means, maybe, a little bit more to me I’m not sure, probably not but, it’s just the way it comes across I guess.”

There's no match action for the men’s team this week after exiting the Challenge Cup earlier in the season but the Castleford Tigers Women are in the 2019 Women’s Challenge Cup Final this Saturday and Oliver hopes they come home with the trophy.

“Best of luck to the girls they’ve been fantastic for the club this year, they’ve been putting in some good scores and some massive scores as well. Good luck to them and I hope they do the job.”

Get your tickets NOW online to see the Castleford Tigers Women in the Challenge Cup Final against Leeds Rhinos at Bolton this Saturday!

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