It has been a huge weekend of Super League with Leeds Rhinos and Hull KR heading to golden point, Wigan Warriors and Warrington Wolves meeting in a real battle and St Helens and Catalans Dragons serving up one of the games of the season but in a vital game, Hull FC hosted Castleford Tigers.
Castleford had a huge chance to take a decisive step towards safety after Wakefield Trinity were beaten by Huddersfield Giants. A win would have opened up a four point gap between the clubs at the bottom.
Meanwhile, Hull FC were battling to keep their play-off hopes alive.
At halftime it was anyone’s game at 8-8 but things fell apart for Cas as Andy Last would explain on the club’s website: “It’s really frustrating. We felt like we were in a good space going into half time. There were just a couple of things we felt we needed to touch on but we didn’t go out and execute what we spoke about like tidying up our ball control.
“The Satae barge-over try is very dubious, whether he got it down or not but we have to show more resilience.
“At the kick-off, we’re still worrying about not getting the call off the referee. They go back-to-back and suddenly the scoreboard pressure is on you and we’re chasing the game.
“Even after that we get back in the game we then can’t take the kick-off and they score from that.”
This came as Last said his side need to change their mentality: “We just aren’t quite resilient and tough enough mentally to deal with that pressure and those mistakes when they happen.
“When you’re in that confident headspace and in that zone you don’t let things rattle you. You just get on with the next job and stick to the process.
“There’s a little bit of negativity and a feeling that everything is against us. We need to be better than that.”
The Tigers now have a week off with the Challenge Cup semi-finals to get themselves ready for a final push to survival.
There is a huge game against Wakefield on the horizon.