Orr hopes to end tough week on a high
Castleford captain Danny Orr believes the Tigers can put their tragedy behind them when they take on Wigan Warriors in Stobart Super League at the Probiz Coliseum tomorrow.
The West Yorkshire club have been in a state of shock following the sudden death of Robbie Millward, the 19-year-old son of head coach Ian Millward, which means Stuart Donlan, 33, takes charge for the first time in his fledgling coaching career.
As part of a five-strong leadership group at the Tigers, Orr has had a part to play in helping the players get their heads around playing tomorrow’s match.
“It’s been tough but Stuey has done a good job,” said Orr, who is three months older than the acting head coach.
“He’s got the backing of all the lads. There’s five of us in the leadership group and we’ve all been in as a group and as individuals offering a hand.
“But he’s very good at his job. He knows what he’s doing. We’ve all pulled together and I’m sure we’ll be fine.”
Millward, who is on indefinite compassionate leave, has asked supporters to hold a minute's applause and cheering before kick-off in memory of his son, who suffered a major heart attack at his Leigh home last Sunday.
Wigan boss Shaun Wane, who was in charge of the Under-20s when Millward was head coach at the Warriors in 2005, said: “It is sad and I am really upset for Basil.
“I gave him a call on Monday to pass on my condolences.
“Regarding the game, we are a professional outfit and we know it will be a very tough game.”
Leeds Rhinos must come down to earth following their euphoric victory in last week’s World Club Challenge as they take on bottom club Widnes Vikings at the Stobart Stadium.
“Emotionally there has been a bit of high following Friday’s win but physically we have pretty much had to get straight back on the horse and go again,” said Rhinos coach Brian McDermott.
The champions become the third away team to play a Super League fixture on the Vikings’ artificial pitch and McDermott is prepared to reserve his judgment on the controversial surface.
“I don’t mind it,” he said. “Unless someone is going to tilt planet earth a little bit this way and that way to stop winter in this country, I think it will be the future.”
Warrington Wolves have the chance to displace new leaders Catalan Dragons and go back to the top of the table when they entertain injury-hit Hull KR.
The Wolves did the double over the Robins last year but coach Tony Smith believes they are a force to be reckoned with under new boss Craig Sandercock.
“They are in good form, with a new coach and playing with some confidence,” he said.
“I’ve had the pleasure of watching the team and have seen how they’ve been performing recently so we will be respectful and wary of them.”
London Broncos seek to break their duck against Huddersfield Giants at the Twickenham Stoop.
Giants coach Nathan Brown believes it will not be long before the new-look Londoners get their first win but he is hoping to make them wait a little longer.
“I think it is by far the most talented London side I have seen since I’ve been here,” he said.
NRL Grand Final-winning forward Shane Rodney has joined the Londoners’ list of casualties after picking up a knee injury in last Sunday’s defeat at Hull FC.
Broncos coach Rob Powell said: “It’s a blow and we’ll miss him over the next few weeks but the guys will do a good job on Sunday.”