Castleford coach Daryl Powell knows his side will need to majorly improve if they manage to procure a Super League place.
The Tigers face a nervous wait to find out if they have made the top five following a 26-8 defeat at Wigan.
They started the night par with Hull ahead of their fittings that were final and, as a result of this loss, their season will be over if the Black and Whites beat St Helens on Friday.
“We ended up tonight wanting to keep it in our own hands but we were not great enough,” Powell told Sky Sports.
“It is disappointing but we’ll see what happens if Hull see off St Helens then fair play to them.
“For us, well we’ll need to improve a reasonable bit on that anyway – particularly the second half. Our assaulting game was poor all night, it was just dull but Wigan defended. We’re not good enough in the moment when groups are defending well against us”
Castleford had Jesse Sene-Lefao delivered in the second half for going in with the knees on Oliver Partington.
Powell stated:”We dropped our discipline a bit and I just said to them that we can’t do this – Jesse would not have supposed to do that. I really don’t believe there was any motive from him he is a pretty man and doesn’t head out to do anything like that.
“I don’t believe there was lots of touch, I thought his knee struck the ground ”
Wigan trainer Adrian Lam paid tribute to his own side because the Warriors secured second position.
As they set a home play-off tie up alongside Friday against Warrington or Salford Oliver Gildart, Zak Hardaker, Joe Greenwood, george Williams and Morgan Smithies all crossed for tries.
“We were not great with the ball but defensively I thought we were unbelievably amazing,” said Lam.
“The defence happy me , that and having two senior players in Ben Flower and Sean O’Loughlin back. I am very happy they got throughout the match.”
Lam admitted that the battle with Castleford had been the preparation for the play-offs.
“I said to them at the onset of the week this is the sort of game which we desire and need,” the Warriors coach said.
“I thought it’d be down to two things, we prepped that it would be quite a two-point game and it was at half-time.
“Our try-line defence has been outstanding. We were under the pump for a long time after which we scored and moved up the other end. That’s brilliant so I was really proud of them.”
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