We must heed Powell warning, says Millington

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IN-FORM Grant Millington has warned ambitious Castleford Tigers they can ill-afford another sub-standard performance if they are to maintain their excellent start today.

Coach Daryl Powell accused his side of only running at 65 per cent in the first half of Friday’s win at Wakefield Trinity Wildcats.

It was suggested his team – who have lost just twice all season – may have been holding something back for this afternoon’s testing home game with Warrington Wolves.

“I don’t think sub-consciously we weren’t putting everything in but he (Powell) is right,” Australian back-row Millington told The Yorkshire Post.

“We weren’t as good as we could be at Wakefield. Coming into Warrington on Monday we can’t play like the way we did Friday or we’ll get dusted.

“They are a class side, always have been and will be for years to come. We’ve got to come with the same intent as we did against St Helens and have to be firing but we have to do it for the full 80 or we’ll get rolled again.

“It will take a big effort from us but we got in on Saturday to do our ice baths and recovery and started preparing straight away.”

Castleford, of course, cruelly lost to leaders St Helens in the dying stages of an epic game last time out at Wheldon Road.

Fifth-placed Warrington, meanwhile, wreaked havoc against Widnes Vikings – one of the competition’s surprise packages with Castleford – on Friday with an impressive 44-6 victory.

Millington, the 27-year-old former Cronulla star who is excelling in his third campaign with the West Yorkshire club, was to the fore against Wakefield with a series of bullocking runs and some impressive handling.

“I don’t get in the open too often but it’s the way we play this year and it suits my game along with a few little short passes making space for each other,” he said. “It’s been quite successful and, hopefully, it keeps going but we know Warrington have quality all over the park.

“Confidence is high but we’re all still grounded, too. As long as people know we have to keep doing the hard work then I think we’ll keep surprising a few guys.”

Powell rests key duo Liam Finn and Justin Carney so Jamie Ellis gets a rare start. Jordan Tansey is recalled and Ashley Gibson could debut.