Tonight Castleford Tigers look to build off their shock win over Leeds Rhinos at the Magic Weekend when they take on high flying Salford Red Devils.
The Tigers are finding their feet under Andy Last and their spine players are starting to click.
Last believes if they continue to do so, they’ll have a strong second half of the season:
“That’s a big challenge for us as a club. We’re not happy with where we are at the minute. We’ve underperformed this season, that’s quite evident,” he said on BBC Radio Leeds.
“Everyone, me included, felt we’ve got a better team on paper than we’ve currently shown. But you’ve got to go and deliver, you’ve got to go and perform, and I think that’s the biggest thing. For players who are off contract and players who are in contract. You’ve got to deliver on performance.
“I don’t think it was any coincidence that our best players last week all probably performed closest to their best on the same day.
“Gaz Widdop, that was his best performance probably in a Castleford shirt. I’d argue it was Jacob Miller’s best performance in a Castleford shirt.
“Paul McShane was very, very good. Joe Westerman was very good and Liam Watts played exceptionally well.
“They’re five of your higher earners and that’s a standard of performance that you expect from them on a weekly basis and that’s what you expect from your high salaried players and those blokes need to do that more consistently in the second half of the season. If they do that we’ll get more wins and losses.”