Lee Radford: The play-offs have already started for us

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Castleford coach Lee Radford says the Super League play-offs have already started for them after their dramatic 19-18 win at Warrington on Thursday.

The Tigers were 12-0 down at half-time but they managed to fight back in the second half to take the two points. Derrell Olpherts (2) and Jake Mamo scored second half tries whilst Danny Richardson kicked a drop goal.

Radford said: “I have never seen a rugby league game like that. In that opening 40 minutes we had 27% completion rate.

“We forgot how to dummy-half pass, we forgot how to run with the ball and how to play the ball. To be only 12-0 at half time was unreal as literally we just defended for 40 minutes.

“I used the expression at half time that we played like we had a wet finger in the socket in the first half.

“But to win it in the manner we did in the second half doesn’t surprise me with this crew one bit.

“To have the juice at the end of the game to keep them out was phenomenal.

“The play-offs started for us tonight as we couldn’t afford to lose. I said we need three wins from three to make the play-offs.”

Lee Radford on Castleford’s run-in for the play-offs

The Tigers face a showdown with Salford on Bank Holiday Monday. And then they are in a huge clash with Leeds on Saturday which could decide who makes the play-offs.

Radford added: “It’s all on the line on Monday and next weekend. If you are a neutral it will be edge of your seat stuff.”

Meanwhile, Toulouse’s relegation from Super League has been officially confirmed after they lost 24-14 to French neighbours Catalans Dragons.

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