Castleford v St Helens: Orr busy plotting plan for Saints

Castleford's Danny Orr.
Castleford's Danny Orr.
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DANNY ORR is intelligent enough not to be fooled by the smokescreen surrounding St Helens.

The Castleford Tigers assistant has busily been helping to plot a way to bring down the Super League leaders tomorrow night who arrive at Wheldon Road having won all eight games so far.

There is a theory doing the rounds that Saints, for all their unblemished record, are set for a fall given the narrow margin of some of those victories.

They won against Leeds Rhinos only by virtue of a late try while many would argue they only prospered in the Challenge Cup at Huddersfield on Sunday due to a perceived mistake by referee Phil Bentham.

But Orr - who spent four years playing for Saints’ arch-rivals Wigan - during his own playing career is not as naive ahead of tomorrow evening’s much-anticipated game between the early pacesetters.

“A few people have said they’re just getting away with it, just winning games and are creaking so they’re due a loss,” the former stand-off told The Yorkshire Post.

“But this is Saints. We all know what they can do. They could easily just turn up and put 50 points on a side. Hopefully that won’t be us.

“We know we can beat them. I think we can win it. I really do.

“But it’s going to be a massive test for us. We are playing well and have n some good teams but this takes it up to another level.

“Saints are undefeated, playing really well and we’ll have to be at our best.

“The lads are really focused, though, and are ready to go. We know what it takes to win these sorts of games and if we play to our plan we know we can do this.”

Castleford have every reason to believe that. They may have finished 12th last season but they have are transformed now under head coach Daryl Powell.

Champions Wigan have been and fallen at their hands and Orr says, rather than any remarkable alchemy, it is merely the profit of their own endeavours.

“There’s a lot of confidence at the moment,” he said.

“They’ve all worked really hard in pre-season and are getting the rewards now but they’ve bought into what we’re trying to do.

“No one is allowed to slack off and the good thing is that it’s not me, Daryl or any of the staff having to push that.

“They are onto each other and if someone slacks off they know about it. It’s massively important to us.

“They’ve managed to get away with little bits over the years but now they all know what’s expected and are pushing each other to consistently meet the standards set.”

Undoubtedly, there is an obvious new-found professionalism about Castleford this term and it will be intriguing if it garners another two points tomorrow.

Victory would see them usurp Nathan Brown’s side at the summit but Orr insisted: “I don’t see it as a we need to win to go top.

“Let’s win because we want to win. It would be pretty special to go top of Super League but we’re not looking at the table.

“I think it’s one v two isn’t it? That’s how much notice I take. Saints are a fantastic team, fantastic club and we want to test ourselves against the biggest sides.

“It’s on Sky, we’ve had close to 10,000 down here in our last two homes games and we’re hopeful of putting on another show for them.”