Castleford coach Daryl Powell knows his side will have to majorly improve if they can secure a Super League spot.
The Tigers face a nervous wait to see if they’ve made the best five after having a defeat at Wigan.
They started with Hull ahead of the last fittings and, as a result of this loss, their season will soon be over if the Black and Whites beat St Helens on Friday.
“We ended up tonight needing to keep it in our hands but we were not good enough,” Powell told Sky Sports.
“It’s disappointing but we will see what happens if Hull see off St Helens then fair play .
“For us, well we’ll need to improve a reasonable bit on this anyway – particularly the second half. Our assaulting game was bad during the night, it had been dull but Wigan defended nicely. We are not good enough at the minute when groups are defending well against us”
Castleford’d Jesse Sene-Lefao to going in with the knees Oliver Partington shipped off in the second half.
Powell stated:”We dropped our discipline a bit and I just said to them that we can’t do that – Jesse would not have supposed to do that. I really don’t believe there was any motive from him – he is a spiritual man and does not head out to do anything like that.
“I don’t believe there was a lot of contact, I believed his knee hit the ground .”
Wigan coach Adrian Lam paid tribute to the defence of his side as the Warriors second place.
As they set a house play-off tie up next Friday against Warrington or Salford Oliver Gildart, Zak Hardaker, Joe Greenwood, george Williams and Morgan Smithies crossed for tries.
“We were not great with the ball tonight but I thought we were unbelievably amazing,” said Lam.
“The defence pleased me the most, that and using two senior players at Ben Flower and Sean O’Loughlin back. I’m really happy they got throughout the game.”
Lam confessed the clash with Castleford was the preparation for those play-offs.
“I said to them at the start of the week that this is the sort of game which we want and desire,” the Warriors coach said.
“I believed it would be down to 2 things, we prepped it would be quite a two-point game plus it was half-time.
“Our try-line defence has been outstanding. We had been below the pump for a long time after which we went up the other end and scored. That’s brilliant so that I was really proud of them”
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