It’s been a difficult season in general for Castleford Tigers but specifically the past six weeks, which has been torrid as it’s seen their relegation rivals Wakefield Trinity pick up a hot run of form whilst the Tigers have now lost five on the bounce.
As a consequence of that the Tigers have dropped to bottom of the table, tied on eight points with Trinity, but below them on account of points difference.
That was worsened last night when Huddersfield Giants rocked up at the Jungle and whitewashed Andy Last’s men 28-0, which culminated in the England assistants sacking.
Cas now have six games to save their season with the next being the most important of those as they travel to Belle Vue to face Wakefield, knowing that a loss could the final nail in the coffin.
Whilst it might not be the boost that Tigers fans want there is some positive news this weekend and that is that the reserves pulled off a brilliant comeback against Huddersfield Giants, with some of those that have made Super League appearances this season shining.
The young Tigers went in at the half 22-12 behind and the Giants extended that lead to 28-12 just minutes after the interval.
It was looking like another long afternoon for the club but that’s when the comeback was set about with former Leeds Rhinos and Hull Kingston Rovers prop forward Muizz Mustapha powering over.
Mustapha has made three appearances for the first team this season and just minutes after his first try got the Fords back in the game he crossed for another, sparking not just a comeback but potentially a recall to the first team if the new man in charge backs him.
That second try in particular saw him pierce a hole and then run forty metres to cross over, the conversion taking the deficit to just four.
Winger Jason Qareqare, who shone in Super League at the back end of last season, put the Tigers ahead before the lead was extended upon through an Alfie Dean try, which he then converted to secure the victory 36-28.