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The Big Interview - Craig Huby (Part One)


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Posted 25 May 2014 - 01:05 PM

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Castleford Tigers' Craig Huby has spoken exclusively to Sunday's matchday programme, Black &amp; Amber to reveal his thoughts on the Tigers' start to the season and today's opposition. Read part one of the interview below, where he talks a little bit more about the season, Liam Finn and his own form.
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To read more from Huby, make sure you buy your matchday programme at the game or&nbsp;<a href="http://bit.ly/1ocyxcn" target="_blank" title="tigers v vikings programme">online here</a>.
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We are midway through the season so far, and it has been a good one, has it not?
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It definitely has. We have won nine games out of 13, and out of all those games the biggest margin we have lost by is eight points. It is a really good start for us, but a lot of us did expect to start like this. To be sat in third at the halfway mark is a great feeling, and it is a great place to be.
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<strong>Everyone wrote you off at the start of the season, but all the players maintained that you would do well, what made you all so sure that it would be a good campaign?</strong>
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We all trained pretty hard in pre-season, but a lot of it was spurred on by the press with the relegation and promotion angle, saying Cas would be down there. We knew how we had trained, and come Christmas when Liam Finn came in, everything just clicked. We just knew going into the Bradford friendly that if we got going how we wanted to, it would be special. That victory made everyone stand up, but I still think the press are waiting for us to drop off, thinking that &lsquo;this could be it'. We are still working hard and Powell is keeping us working hard, so it is pretty good.
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<strong>Even though players say they do not take any notice of the press, would you confess you always have some eyes and ears on what they are saying?</strong>
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You never like anyone slating you, whether it is rugby or your own life, and if someone writes something bad about you then you are always going to be determined to get better. People putting you in the frame for relegation battles is never nice. Obviously we have been there before, but it gives you a little bit extra to drive and to go on.
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<strong>You mentioned Liam Finn's arrival as a turning point in pre-season, and he has just signed a new deal; what do you think are the main attributes he provides to the side?</strong>
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I think it is probably the leadership qualities he has, and the direction around the field that he provides and his calm head are the main things. He has done it for years and years in the Championship and is probably unlucky not to get a proper shot before now, and I think Powelly but a lot of faith in him that has been repaid by what he is doing so far.
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<strong>After the back-to-back defeats against Huddersfield and Leeds, was there a danger that the season could start to derail?</strong>
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Absolutely not, if you look at the two defeats one of them was by two points and the other was by eight, but if you look at the Leeds game we self-destructed in the second half, by having that many errors against a good quality team which you cannot do. In the Huddersfield game we could have gone 18-0 up if we would have got a break, and going 18-0 down would have been hard for them to come back from. We just lost by the one point which still shows that the right signs are there.
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<strong>What about your own form, have you been pleasing yourself with your displays?</strong>
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I am quite happy with how I have been going; there have been one or two silly errors here and there that I could get out of my game, but I think working with Andy Lynch and Grant Millington has helped. We work together really well and we seem to know how to play together for the majority of times, and we communicate well together. It helps my game as much as it helps their game, so as long as we can keep doing that and keep working together there is no reason why we cannot keep doing special things. &nbsp;
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<strong>Do you have any outstanding ambitions in the game, such as playing at international level?</strong>
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I am not too fussed about that at the minute, I just want to keep playing well for Cas and that is all I can ask for. If I keep playing well here then who knows what could happen, but at this moment I am quite happy and content just playing here and doing well, and most importantly enjoying my rugby again.
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<em>Photo: Matthew Merrick Photography.</em>&nbsp;
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