Castleford Tigers currently sit in sixth heading now following their Super League fixture with the Salford Red Devils at the AJ Bell Stadium last weekend.
This means that they have won six of their 13 fixtures in 2022 so far.
However, Sky Sports pundit Phil Clarke believes that the Tigers have been ‘lucky’ in their wins in recent weeks and months following opposition problems.
“They’ve had some fixture fortune,” Clarke said.
“They’ve played Saints with a young team out and then Hull KR when they’ve just come off the back of a semi-final.”
“The wins that they have had haven’t been against the strongest sides either,” Sky Sports pundit Kyle Amor continued.
Indeed, Castleford won just one game from their opening five fixtures before going on a run of five wins from six games.
But, included in those wins were victories over a despondent Leeds Rhinos, a weak Wakefield Trinity and bottom of the table Toulouse Olympique.
Add into the mix the victory over a teenage St Helens team as well as a Hull KR side void of any confidence following their Challenge Cup exit and it perhaps isn’t a brighter picture as first thought.