Millington hoping knockout experience can aid Tigers

Castleford Tigers forward Grant Millington is adamant that the club’s wealth of knockout experience this season can stand them in good stead against Warrington tonight, and says the whole squad are desperate to take the opportunity presented to them tonight.

A win for Castleford will ensure they avoid an early end to their season, and put them within just 80 minutes of an incredible Old Trafford appearance next month. And Millington believes that the run to the Challenge Cup final last month can serve them well for tonight’s game, as well as admitting the squad want to put right the wrongs from last week’s 41-0 drubbing to St Helens.

“We’ve done pretty well in the Challenge Cup, which is all knockout rounds and hopefully we can feed off that experience and use that to just push that bit further,” he said.

“We had enough motivation to perform last week and unfortunately we didn’t do that.

“We’ve got to put that right. It’s probably the best opportunity a lot of these boys have had in this competition and we’ve got to take it with both hands.”

Millington admits the squad were dejected following that loss last week, but believes the determination the squad have shown in the last few days will ensure there is no repeat performance in front of their own fans tonight.

“Obviously after a big game like last week, when we had a chance to put ourselves 80 minutes away from a Grand Final, everyone was a bit down,” he admitted.

“But rugby league is one of those games where you have to pick ourselves up, dust yourselves off and get back into it.

“We had a good training session on Monday and a good chat between the players and we all agreed we don’t want to go out of this competition in the manner we played last Friday.

“We want to come out and put in a good performance and makes ourselves proud, our families proud and the town proud.”