Millington previews Play-Offs

Posted: Wednesday 18th September 2019 - 5:13 PM

Following the final regular season round of Betfred Super League 2019 Castleford Tigers are in top five and remain in the hunt for a place at Old Trafford on Saturday 12th October for the Grand Final. The play-offs will begin with Warrington Wolves welcoming the Fords on Thursday and both sides will be fighting tooth and claw for victory to get into the second week of the post-season series.

Grant Millington spoke to ahead of the Elimination Game against Wire and started by reflecting on last week’s match against Wigan Warriors.

“It was a frustrating game, they defended well but we’ve gone back and looked at our attack and we actually did create a few opportunities that if we converted one or two of those into points at different times, the game would have looked totally different and it doesn’t get blown away like it did a little bit. In those games it’s not about the all-singing or all-dancing tries off big shifts or big breaks, sometimes you’ve just got to score off a kick, or roll a big man over a fullback, it’s what semi-finals are about. We’ll learn lessons from that and take it into this week which is really important.”

Throughout the campaign Cas have been contesting for a top five spot to get play-off rugby, despite not being able to do it on their own terms in the final round, the Tigers are in the mix now and Millington believes the knockout element makes it’s a whole new competition.

“I’m so pleased we made it into the play-offs. We had a bit of nervous wait on Friday we were having a chat with a few of the boys and we had a little bit of a bad feeling ahead of the Hull/Saints game, but Saints did the job for us. It’s not ideal that we had to rely upon another side to get us there, but we are there now and it’s a bit of cliché but once you hit those play-offs it’s a different competition. Tough challenges ahead but we’ve had a good week of training this week and we’re going to give a right good crack.”

Castleford have faced Steve Price’s Warrington side three times in 2019 with Wire winning twice, however, in the two clubs most recent meeting back in July the Tigers ably beat the Wolves 27-18 and Grant is using that game to take confidence into Thursday night.

“It’s going to be a good game; they are a really good side and they’ve had some success already this year with the Cup and played in some high-pressure matches. It’s a good challenge for us to go over there and we are going to head to Warrington confident, it wasn’t too long ago that we beat them with a strong defensive performance, and we attacked well, bring that again and I’m sure we’ll get a similar result."

The form book goes out the window in play-off action but, the recent run of form for Warrington does not make for good reading to say they are the Challenge Cup winners and were placed second for most of the season. In Warrington’s last ten matches they have won three and lost seven, whilst Castleford have won six and lost four, it makes for a intruging encounter to start the Super League Play-Off series with one team continuing through to next week and the losing side's season will be over.

#BeTheDifference join the Cas faithful on Thursday night at the Halliwell Jones, final tickets are available in our stores until 1pm on Thursday afternoon!

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