Cas boss predicts exciting season ahead

Castleford's Denny Solomona fends off Wakefield's Tom Johnstone in the pre-season warm-up before the real stuff begins this weekend.

Castleford's Denny Solomona fends off Wakefield's Tom Johnstone in the pre-season warm-up before the real stuff begins this weekend.

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Castleford Tigers boss Daryl Powell is expecting a competitive Super League in 2016 with every team capable of beating each other and every minute mattering once again.

Powell is hoping his own team can be up with the front runners, but says it will be tough with good recruitment likely to boost several clubs and the top four from last year going to be tough to shift from their positions.

He said: “The obvious ones are likely to do well again. Leeds were superb last year, obviously Saints and Wigan are teams that have been in the top four consistently and Huddersfield have been.

“They were the top four last year and that’s what we want to crack so they’re the teams we want to have a pop at.

“But then you are looking at teams that are feeling good about themselves at the moment. Hull and Warrington have recruited heavily and it will be interesting to see how they go. Salford haven’t said as much this year, but they’ve had a good pre-season in terms of wins.

“Widnes are talking positively and it’s going to be competitive. It should be a tough comp this year and it’s going to be really exciting to see how all the teams unfold over the early part of the season.

“We saw last year that it’s competitive now. It’s a tough league. Every week you’ve got to be on it, you slip off your standards a little bit and you get punished.

“The teams that can stay consistent and make a good start are the ones at the top. It should be a great season.”