Shenton: Cup final heartache will galvanise Tigers

Castleford captain Michael Shenton believes his side’s heart-breaking Challenge Cup final loss to Leeds will bring the Tigers closer together and give them a better chance of winning silverware in the future.

The Rhinos ran out 23-10 winners at Wembley on Saturday in front of over 75,000 fans.

“I think winning could have benefitted us more, but just to be part of this is something special in any player’s career and is not to be looked on lightly,” he said.

“The boys have handled themselves great and the preparation has been good and Leeds were just a little bit too good for us.

“I think we showed in glimpses that we can match them [Leeds] and we can better them so moving forward the belief is definitely there.

“Once we sit down and break this game down, where can we change things, where can we get better, it’s only going to help us as a team. They are a great set of blokes and something like this experience could galvanise us and bring us closer together.

“I think the way we’ve played this season we’ve given ourselves a real good chance to play in games like this (finals) so the boys are disappointed because we know that we are good enough to beat anyone in the league.”