Castleford coach Daryl Powell knows his side will need to majorly improve should they can procure a Super League play-off spot.
The Tigers face a nervous wait to determine whether they have made the best five after a defeat at Wigan.
They started with Hull before the fixtures and, as a result of this reduction, their season will be over if the Black and Whites beat against St Helens on Friday.
“We turned up tonight wanting to keep it in our hands but we were not great enough,” Powell told Sky Sports.
“It’s disappointing but we’ll see what happens – if Hull watch off St Helens then fair play to them.
“For us, well we will need to enhance a reasonable bit on that anyway – particularly the second half. Our attacking game was poor all night, it was blunt but Wigan defended. We’re not good enough in the minute when teams are protecting against us.”
Castleford had Jesse Sene-Lefao to going in with all the knees on Oliver Partington shipped in the second half.
Powell stated:”We dropped our discipline a little and I just said to them which we can’t be doing this – Jesse would never have meant to do this. I really don’t think there was any intent from him – he is a man that is pretty and does not go out to do anything such as that.
“I really don’t believe there was lots of touch, I believed his knee hit the ground .”
Wigan coach Adrian Lam paid tribute as the Warriors secured second position at the desk.
As they set a house play-off tie up Friday against Warrington or Salford Oliver Gildart, Zak Hardaker, Joe Greenwood, george Williams and Morgan Smithies crossed for tries.
“We were not great with the ball but defensively I thought we were unbelievably great,” said Lam.
“The defence happy me , that and using two senior players in Ben Flower and Sean O’Loughlin backagain. I am really happy they got throughout the match.”
Lam confessed that the battle with Castleford had been the preparation for those play-offs.
“I said to them at the start of the week this is the kind of game which we want and need,” the Warriors coach stated.
“I believed it’d be down to 2 things, we prepped it would be quite a two-point game plus it was at half-time.
“Our try-line defence continues to be outstanding. We had been under the pump for quite a while after which we scored and moved up the other end. That is brilliant so I was really proud of these ”
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