Turner talks Play-Off win
Posted: Saturday 21st September 2019 - 3:52 PM
The Tigers youngster stepped back into the match day squad which secured another match for Castleford's bid to reach the Grand Final at Old Trafford.
It was a memorable Thursday night as the Tigers won their first away play-off match for 20 years, defeating the 2019 Challenge Cup winners Warrington Wolves 12-14. It’s been a season which has been heavily disrupted by injuries and changes to the playing squad for Castleford, as was the case on Thursday night. Calum Turner was drafted back in for the knockout match and played on the wing, following the victory Turner spoke to castlefordtigers.com about getting into the second week of the Play-Offs!
“Great win, obviously it’s a tough place to come and we were seen as the underdogs going into it but that makes the result all the better and we move onto next week. I really do think we were going into the game as massive underdogs because we obviously had to rely on another team’s result to secure a place in the play-offs last week, then knowing we had an away game once we were in. To come away from Warrington’s ground with a win - that is massive.”
“I’ve never played in a play-off game so this one was a big one, I’ve never been in such a big game at this level and the reaction of the fans at the end was immense, so this game is probably up there as one of my favourite wins.”
Being one of the youngest on the field and not a regular in the starting line up Calum was targeted by the Wolves, particularly with their kicking game.
“Blake Austin’s first couple of high balls came straight to me but I fed myself straight into the game and I thought I did okay in the second half.“
Castleford found out that they will travel to the AJ Bell Stadium for Week Two of the 2019 Play-Offs after Wigan’s win over Salford on Friday night. Turner believes the Fords can take great confidence into the next round no matter who it is they will face.
“Yes massively, whether it’s Wigan or Salford next week, we have proven that we can do it and that gives us lots of confidence that we can get the job done, so I don’t see why not.”
The 20-year-old has had spells on loan at local neighbours Featherstone Rovers this season as part of his development, but he continues to aim for more regular games in the Black & Amber strip.
“I’ve kept developing with the periods I’ve had at Featherstone but it’s experience wherever you play at first grade level, I’m just looking to build, kick on and get more games here with Cas.”
Over 700 of the Cas faithful made the trip to the Halliwell Jones Stadium for the first Eliminator Game of the Play-Offs, in a true demonstration of Cas’ #ONECLUB mentality, the club’s players, off-field staff, Community Foundation, stewarding partner Gough & Kelly and various sponsors have all contributed to offer more than 700 FREE coach travel places for Tigers fans cheering on the team for the second Eliminator Game against Salford. Calum knows first hand how important the travelling supporters are to the team and urges for the same great support at the AJ Bell Stadium.
“It’s huge for us having the fans being there for us, especially on a Thursday night, when we were walking up towards them at the end and everyone was chanting, it sends shivers down your spine. We appreciate the fans coming and we’d like the same again, so come along and support us again.”
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