The Super League season draws to a close but many supporters still have had plenty to talk about, particularly how their season has panned out and up first are the Castleford Tigers.
The Four Nations maybe approaching but not every player can feature so we look back at the 2016 season and how the clubs fared.
The Castleford Tigers enjoyed a decent season that saw them secure a fifth place finish in as many seasons.
This follows their historic fourth place finish and their Wembley appearance in 2014 and though the Tigers haven’t peaked as much, they have been competitive regardless.
They offered a lot and some aspects stood out more so than others in their season but which moments stood out from the others?
Most Memorable Result
A rather tough one to call as the Tigers did record some remarkable results in 2016; their two wins at Hull as well as comprehensive home wins over Wigan and Wakefield being easy on the eye.
Overall, the one to truly stand above them has to be their Magic Weekend blitz of the Warrington Wolves.
The Wolves started as favourites and even ran into a 14-0 lead courtesy of Stefan Ratchford, Kurt Gidley and Ben Currie.
However, the Tigers had other ideas and led by Luke Gale and Luke Dorn, roared back to leave the Wolves in their wake.
Dorn and record-breaking Denny Solomona secured a brace of tries each before Grant Millington and Mike McMeeken added further scores.
Arguably the shock of the Magic Weekend, especially with the points’ margin as the Wolves have been one of the dominant forces this season.
Their best out of a bunch, now we focus on one to forget.
Most Forgettable Result
As expected, the Tigers had a string of poor results in 2016, with some occurring via controversy as well as poor performing.
From suffering controversial defeats to the likes of Wigan as well as drubbings against Warrington but one that stands out is their 58-16 home thumping against Hull Kingston Rovers.
The Tigers, injury hit, did produce some resistance early on but fatigue caught up and the Robins rallied to a superb win.
Albert Kelly was pivotal, having scored a try and assisted in three others in the annihilation.
One result that won’t be talked about by the Tigers Faithful but a lesson to be learnt and one to take into next season is how they should view it.
Successful or Under-achievers?
The stand-out results shown and now returning to their season as a whole, Castleford fans have to wonder whether it was successful or an anti-climax?
Compared to the late 2000s, this one was another one that the Tigers fans can consider successful.
A fifth place finish out of 12 teams, eventually 8, is an achievement in itself; however, they barely scraped into the Super 8s following the regular season.
Had Salford regained their six points, their final fixture with the Wildcats would have determined which club would have attained the final Super 8s position.
Furthermore, they suffered other heavy defeats away to Warrington and St Helens, something that would have surprised many.
Yes, they have had injury problems but doesn’t every team?
Regardless of these, the Tigers can never be underestimated on the day and their two wins at Hull as well as their 40 point at Leeds demonstrates that.
Additionally, they were one of the best performing clubs in the Super 8s plus achieved a club record as rising star Denny Solomona scored 40 tries this season.
He eclipsed Lesley Vainikolo’s record of 36 tries and though he may have played two more matches, the record stands nonetheless.
Speaking of personnel, veteran Dorn has officially retired from the club, with Greg Eden returning from Australia to replace him in what could be one of several changes at the club, but will they be the right ones?
The Tigers have endured a topsy-turvy season that saw them finish short of silverware but survived relegation quite comfortably.
There have been many questions left above and here’s one more, will the Tigers improve and return stronger in 2017?