Castleford Tigers boss Daryl Powell believes tomorrow night’s game against Leeds Rhinos can be won in the forwards.
Powell was delighted with the way his pack played against Salford despite the absence of broken leg victim Andy Lynch and has challenged them to keep up this level of performance against a Rhinos side who have plenty of forward firepower.
He said: “The forward pack last week had an edge to it that I really liked.
“They completely dominated Salford and they’ll be looking to back that up.
“You talk about pack’s being really close and having a unity and an aggressive nature about them and I thought we really started the ball rolling from that perspective.
“It’s something I’ve been asking for, for a fair while. We have seen it this season and we’re looking to see it consistently now.
“Last week gave us a real good platform to build from.
“I think the pack performance will be massive at Leeds and the kicking game as ever then defensively it’s who can get on top.”
Pack leader Lynch is a big miss while Grant Millington has been moved from the pack to stand-off in the last two games, but the rest of the forwards have stepped up in recent weeks according to Powell.
He said: “Signing Larne Patrick has helped us, but losing Andy Lynch is obviously a big blow, he’s been a mountain of a player for us, just influential in every way, leadership, his role on the field is massive.
“Obviously Lynchy is really greedy with his minutes, he wants 80 if he can. His engine is exceptional. That means it has to be shared out a bit with him missing.
“Grant Millington is used to playing prop for 25 minutes at a time, but he’s having to go 80 at the minute, which is interesting for him.
“Some of the things that have helped us are that it’s exciting when you play a different position.
“When I played, a long time ago now, and was in a different position it gives you a little bit of an edge - and I think that’s what’s happened to a couple of our players over the last couple of weeks.”