Orr: Cas on a roll
Castleford Tigers caretaker coach Danny Orr believes the Tigers are on a roll as they prepare for this evening's Super League basement battle with Salford City Reds.
The Tigers ended a seven-match losing run by beating Widnes Vikings in Orr's first match in charge, which lifted them off the foot of the table, and they emerged with considerable credit from last week's Cup defeat at Leeds Rhinos.
The boot will be on the other foot this evening when the City Reds play their first match under new coach Brian Noble and, although Orr expects them to be re-energised by the appointment, he is confident his own side have the momentum to carry them to another victory.
"We didn't perform well against Widnes but we got two points and it's amazing what a win does for you," Orr said.
"We went to Leeds and more than competed in that game. Unfortunately it went away from us towards the end but the lads have taken a lot of confidence out of it.
"Hopefully we're going in the right direction and we can continue this weekend."
Orr remains in charge following the club's decision to reject former coach Stuart Raper's offer of help and he is happy to continue in the role for the foreseeable future.
"Nothing has changed," he said. "We're working hard and getting on with the job.
"I am confident in what I do. I don't let things worry me or feel under pressure, I never have done."
Salford, currently bottom of the table on points difference, will be led by centre Martin Gleeson, who yesterday ended speculation over his future at the club following the departure of close friend Sean Long by signing a contract extension taking him to the end of 2015.
In this evening's other game, second-placed Huddersfield Giants will put their three-match winning run on the line against Catalan Dragons in Perpignan.
The Giants have been beaten on their last two visits to the Stade Gilbert Brutus, where the Catalans have lost just once so far this year.
"Catalan challenge your honesty with the way they play," Huddersfield coach Paul Anderson said. "They take metres away from you or score if you're not doing the right things defensively.
"We know they are pretty formidable at home so we need to prepare to roll our sleeves up and focus on the task in hand."
The Dragons have received a boost with the news that influential scrum-half Scott Dureau can return to full training following successful surgery to remove a brain tumour, although it will be another month before he will be ready to resume playing.