Castleford’s Ryan McGoldrick is still confident that the Tigers can reach the play-offs, despite Crusaders leap-frogging them in to the top eight at the weekend.
Brian Noble’s side defeated Harlequins 16-12 in a re-arranged fixture to jump above Castleford in to eighth place with just three games to go.
But McGoldrick said: “Obviously it would have helped us if Quins had won but there are three games to go and, like ourselves, the Crusaders face some tough fixtures. It would be a great boost for our hopes if we could defeat Leeds on Friday although they will be coming here on a high having clinched a Wembley place at the weekend.
“Last season our two clashes with the Rhinos were very disappointing, for different reasons. It was heart breaking to lose out here at the Jungle in the last minute and obviously we let ourselves down at Headingley. We got some revenge with our opening day win in Leeds and it would be tremendous if we could make it a double this Friday.
“Leeds are a top team and to beat them we need to cut out some of the mistakes that have proved costly over the last two games, both games which we could and probably should have won. Our form has been good but we need to turn that into points and Friday would be a great start.”