Hauraki hails Castleford’s team bond

Castleford backrower Weller Hauraki is hoping that the togetherness in the Tigers squad can help fire them to Wembley victory.

Cas take on Leeds in the final next weekend, and will be looking for their first Challenge Cup final win since 1986, when they beat Hull KR.

“This team has bonded massively this season and this sense of togetherness is what has made us so strong,” said Hauraki.

“We are playing for each other and there is a sense of family both on and off the field.

You can’t take a game like this for granted, some players play for 20 years and never get the opportunity to play at Wembley – you have to make the most of it.

Hauraki was suspended for the semi-final win over Widnes, but is determined to be in the frame for a Wembley spot.

“The semi-final was hard for me to sit and watch but the boys got the job done,” he added.

“I’m going to do the best I can to make myself available for the final.

“I was in good form before the suspension came up and I’ve been determined to maintain that. The boys are so excited about going to Wembley, we are a young squad and some of the boys have dreamt about this their whole lives.

“Daryl Powell has been awesome, he has come in and made us the best defensive side in the league. It would mean the world to us and the supporters to lift that trophy at Wembley.”

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