Jake Webster is determined that his Castleford team will win at Leeds this Thursday, in part to repay the fine support they receive from the Tigers fans.
Cas lost by a point at Huddersfield on Sunday, in a game which they could well have won. The Tigers fans travelled in good numbers to the game, and were passionate and noisy throughout a thrilling contest.
“They’ve been fantastic for us this year, and since I’ve been here,” Webster told Love Rugby League.
“We’re hoping to repay them by giving it our best performance. They turn up wherever we go, they’re very loyal.
“And they support us to the end. We have to work to keep repaying them, and let’s hope that we do against Leeds.”
The former New Zealand international scored a stunning try at Huddersfield, selling Scott Grix a magical dummy before sprinting 50 yards to score. It was a pleasing reminder of just how good Webster can be, after a couple of years spent battling injury.
“I haven’t been getting much game time, but when I do I try and make an impact,” he explained.
“I’ve got to keep working on that when I’m on the field, and do what I do well.
“The team’s been going well, I’ve just got to find my place in it and take it into next week.”
Webster has moved into the back row from the three-quarters, something he puts down to being a little bigger these days.
“I don’t know about age, it might be size a little bit. I’m struggling to lose a little weight,” he explained.
“I’ve got to keep working on it. It’s something totally new to me. I’ve got to keep improving and I might work my way in slowly.
“It’s been a torrid last couple of years with injury, but it’s all behind me now.
“I’m back in full training every day, and it’s great. I had a year off, and now I’m ready to go.”
Meanwhile, the Tigers’ display at Huddersfield left Webster disappointed that they had not turned over one of Super League‘s better sides.
“There were a few too many mistakes by our boys which kept Huddersfield hungry,” he said.
“We paid the price in the end. We look at ourselves as a top team now. We compete every week. We work on our standards and today we came up short.
“Although we can’t take anything away from Huddersfield. They played us right. We’ve just got to get back to the drawing board and come up with a plan to beat Leeds.”