McShane eyes final hurdle in Shield bid

15 August 2017 20:18:42 GMTPlus11

Castleford Tigers hooker Paul McShane is backing the team to continue its momentum in the home match against Wakefield Trinity on Thursday.

The Tigers will officially confirm the League Leaders Shield with victory over their local rivals, following last week's win over Salford Red Devils.

We have been great all year. I don't know if it's a case of improving, or maintaining it or adapting to the conditions, but we are eager to keep doing what we are doing and we still want to improve.

Paul McShane

Wakefield head into the game on the back of an impressive win over Leeds, but McShane is confident that Castleford can secure another vital two points.

"They were outstanding the other day and the last time we played them it was a really tough battle. But we are at home and we weren't the best at home last time so hopefully we can fix up on that and put in a good performance," said McShane, who believes the players are capable of adapting to worsening weather conditions during the next two months.

"They are all going to be tough games in the eights. We see it as a new competition. It is finals football now and the conditions last week heavy rain, where it's wet, are probably what it's going to be like from now on."

The Tigers have been Super League's form side so far this season, but McShane is eager for the players to strive for further improvement at 'the business end' of the season.

"We will keep learning each week and keep building," he said.

"We have been great all year. I don't know if it's a case of improving, or maintaining it or adapting to the conditions, but we are eager to keep doing what we are doing and we still want to improve."

Castleford are 1.90 to win with a -11.5 points handicap, while Wakfield are priced at 1.90 with +11.5 points.

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