The Super League season is poised for a fascinating conclusion as we see Leeds Rhinos, Warrington Wolves, Hull FC, Hull KR and Salford Red Devils jostle for the final two play-off spots, the likes of Wigan Warriors, St Helens and Leigh Leopards hunt Catalans Dragons at the top as well as a fascinating relegation battle.
Two wins over Leeds coupled with an Easter win over Wakefield Trinity gave Castleford a six point safety buffer between them and their West Yorkshire rivals.
Wakefield then appeared to blow things wide open when they defeated Leeds themselves but a win over Cas over Warrington seemed to end the race for survival only for Wakefield to register back to back wins and create a fascinating battle.
Dave Woods said this on the relegation battle on BBC Five Live: “I think most people have put Wakefield there, I think now the majority seem to think Castleford are going down and that Castleford are gone.”
Kevin Brown then expressed his fears for Castleford: “I’m struggling to find one at the minute, I think without Paul McShane, their attack looks nowhere near good enough.
“They look frail and they look underconfident, and the big thing is the confidence because they probably relegated Wakefield in their own heads as well and although they were disappointed with how they were playing, I think they felt safe.
“Now they’ve gone into games worrying about the livelihoods for the next year, which isn’t a good thing and fans will probably think that’s crazy, like you’ve got more to play for, but sometimes that can make you stiffen up and be a little bit more anxious with the ball and not put that pass on when things are going well.
“So I think Wakefield are breathing down their necks, much more than Castleford would like and I think that game in a couple of weeks at Wakefield could be as as when Castleford and Wakefield played in the million pound game.”
It remains to be seen which West Yorkshire side will find a way to retain their Super League status. The two meet in a do or die clash.