Wigan tie holds no fears for Castleford

Castleford Tigers head coach Daryl Powell
Castleford Tigers head coach Daryl Powell

Castleford Tigers travel to Wigan for their Ladbrokes Challenge Cup quarter-final with a belief that they can knock them out as they did at the same stage two years ago.

Despite defeats in their last two Super League games, head coach Daryl Powell reckons his team will not be short of confidence as they head for the DW Stadium on Saturday.

He told the Express: “This is a great chance, a one-off game, we can go over there to Wigan and have a real go at them.

“We won there a couple of years ago on our way to the final and ‘86 as well so there’s some good omens there.

“It’s just a great opportunity for us and it doesn’t hold any fears for us.

“We’ve been there and won a couple of times in recent memory and since then we’ve gone there with weakened teams and we’ve still played well and troubled Wigan.

“We want to go and enjoy ourselves and we really believe we can go and win the game.

“We go there with some confidence about us. Even though we have lost a couple of games we’ve been really competitive in our last six and there’s only one out of there where we haven’t been as good as we should have been.

“So no fear at all, go and play, go and challenge them, believe we can win – and that’s the way you come out of these games with a victory.

“We’re only a couple of games away from a Challenge Cup final so it should mean a hell of a lot to everybody.”

Cas are also determined to put the record straight after their controversial recent home league defeat to Wigan.

Powell said: “It’s a big game. They’ve been banging on about if for a few weeks and they were even talking about it when we played them the last time when they were pretty fortunate I think to get the result.

“In training and talking about the game players were getting excited about the challenge that we’ve got in front of us. It’s always tough going over to Wigan, but we know our support will be great and we want to justify the support by getting after Wigan, being aggressive and determined and playing our game if we can to put them under some pressure.”