Castleford boss: New Super Eights format has added excitement

Daryl Powell.

Daryl Powell.

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Castleford Tigers head coach Daryl Powell has declared himself a fan of Rugby League’s new format with the Super Eights and Middle Eights for Super League clubs.

Powell reckons the changes have added some excitement to the sport and will bring about an increase in interest in the closing weeks of the season.

He told the Express: “I like the new format.

“You’ve got Leigh playing Hull KR straight up, which looks a really enticing game.

“Obviously Hull KR are Challenge Cup finalists, but they are going to really get challenged. That Middle Eights looks really interesting.

“From our point of view the Super Eights is about us wanting to get in the top four.

“I think it’s exciting. Hull will be desperate to win against us because if they lose this game it will be very tough for them.

“How it pans out we’ll wait and see, it’s the first time we’ve had a look at it, but overall I think the excitement that’s around rugby league at the moment is excellent.”

Powell is happy with the way the fixtures have fallen for his team.

He said: “The way the fixtures have been sorted it gives us a really good opportunity.

“The first two games will be tough against Hull and Warrington, but If we can win these it sets us up.

“They are key games for us then we’ve got Catalans away, which will obviously be another tough challenge, and the first three games are before the Challenge Cup final and another little break.

“It’s important that we get points from these first three games to put us in a solid position before the last four games.

“I think the games have worked out okay for us, it’s how we play now that’s massively important.

“We do have four out of our last five away, but you’ve got to play everybody so it’s just a case of getting on with it.”