CASTLEFORD Tigers head coach Gary Mercer has revealed the word `relegation' is now being used at The Jungle.
Sunday's 39-18 defeat at Wakefield leaves the Tigers four points adrift at the foot of the Super League ladder with just six games remaining.
After visiting the Giants this weekend, Mercer's men face home matches against Hull, Salford and Wakefield and away trips to Leeds and Widnes.
Castleford will be going into every game believing they can win.
But the honest Kiwi coach knows the time has come to face up to reality.
"Up until the Wakefield defeat on Sunday, we have avoided saying one important word," said Mercer.
"I'm afraid that word is `relegation' and it's a word we can no longer avoid.
"We now have to start facing up to the fact that if we don't win at least half of our remaining games, relegation for us will happen.
"I hope the reality of the situation really hits home to the players and they can do something about it, because I know they have the ability.
"We showed with the magnificent gutsy win over Huddersfield and then the convincing win over Widnes a fortnight ago that we can do it.
"Everything is focused on Huddersfield on Sunday, producing the performance of our lives and making sure we come away knowing that the threat of relegation has been eased just a little."
Huddersfield Giants:Reilly, Donlan, O'Hare, Evans, Bailey, St Hilaire, Costin, March, Gannon, Penkywicz, Grayshon, Nero, Jones, Roarty, Slicker, Smith, White, Fleary, Joseph, Morrison.
Castleford Tigers: Gibson, Saxton, Maloney, Rogers, Mellor, Davis, Hepworth, Tookey, Godwin, Lynch, Harland, Smith, Hudson, Greenhill, Sykes, Jackson, Brambani, Crouch.
Referee: Ian Smith (Oldham).