McMeeken on disappointing Wigan loss

Posted: Friday 13th September 2019 - 1:43 PM

The Tigers missed out on the chance to secure play-off rugby in the final regular season round of Betfred Super League 2019, whilst an in-form Wigan Warriors confirmed their spot in second place.

The Fords now have an agonising wait to see if they will be in action next week with a trip away against either Salford Red Devils or Warrington Wolves awaiting them next Thursday should St Helens be victorious over Hull FC this evening.

It was a disappointing night for Daryl Powell’s men who had lots of chances to get points on the scoreboard but could not break through an effective Warriors defence.

Tigers second-rower Mike McMeeken spoke to after the game to give his thoughts on a disappointing night at the DW Stadium.

How would you sum up that match Mike?
Disappointing really, we came here with the intention of getting the two points and securing our place in the play-offs so to come away without that is disappointing. In the first half I thought we were pretty good so overall, we can’t say it was a massively poor attempt but a few soft tries and the score-line was obviously not great for us.

A lot of people were saying it could have been a different story if we'd posted more points or converted the penalties in the first half, do you agree?
Well if I don’t miss that tackle on George Williams it could have been a different story, so really you can’t say that about the points or the penalties. Going in at half time 4-2 behind at Wigan, it’s not a bad place to be and we had put ourselves in a good position but the start of the second half was just not good enough.

Is it a long 24 hours now to see if Castleford make the play-offs should Hull FC lose to St Helens?
We wanted to come here for a win and confirm our spot in the play-offs rather than rely on St Helens beating Hull. We’ve experienced it ourselves going to Hull on a Friday night and it’s not an easy task.
Saints are a great team but it’s still going to be a difficult fixture and I think Hull will be right up for it now and that is exactly what we didn’t want, we didn’t want to be reliant on anyone and wanted to secure it ourselves.

If Castleford do make it into the play-offs, will you be going in as the underdogs?
We’ll have an away fixture so we probably will be the underdogs. If it’s Warrington or Salford they are both tough to beat at home so we probably would be underdogs, but it doesn’t mean that we can’t go in there confident. We had a poor performance today but in the games building up to Wigan we’ve been really good and we can take some confidence from those games. We can take some positives in terms of some of our play but there’s a lot of bits that we need to work on.

If there is a match for the Tigers next week, you’ll be hoping it’s the start of a special journey?
Yeah fingers crossed that we can get in that top five and it’s a shame that it now depends on the Hull/Saints game but if we are lucky to be in the play-offs then we’ll go back to the drawing board again and get back to playing positively and with confidence.

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