Castleford in good spirits after passing test of character

Daryl Powell.
Daryl Powell.

Head coach Daryl Powell admitted his side must play better, but believes Castleford Tigers can take confidence from the manner of their victory over Widnes Vikings on Friday night.

The Tigers were below their best, but hit back from 22-10 down to win 32-22 and maintain their unbeaten home record and Powell was pleased with the way his players found a way to win.

He said: “Widnes were very good and did some smart things and we were a little bit off.

“It was a bit of a mix, but I thought we showed a lot of character to get out of it in the last 10 minutes.

“We lost a couple of games early on in the season when we were put under a bit of pressure, but against Huddersfield we came through without some of our high-quality players and we got challenged by Leeds and Widnes.

“We’ve not played well and we scored 32 points. They were down quite a lot of players, but played really well, without fear and really challenged us.

“It was a big win for us against a team who were desperate.”

Leigh go into the game off the back of their first away win in Super League as they beat Hull and the Cas boss expects his team to be challenged again.

Powell said: “That was a great performance from them. They will have taken a lot of confidence from that, but we need to focus on ourselves.

“We have to be mindful of the opposition, but make sure we get our own game right.

“If our game is right we are confident. We probably went away from some of the things we normally do on Friday and we got challenged, so we have to make sure that doesn’t happen and we don’t go too conservative when we get put under pressure.

“They defended well on our line and some of the things we normally do in yardage we didn’t quite do. We made too many errors - we made 15 in the game and that’s quite a bit above our average for the season.

“It limited the way we play quite a lot.”

Powerful forward Junior Moors and centre Jake Webster are both back for today’s game with Alex Foster and Kevin Larroyer also in the squad. Andy Lynch and Gadwin Springer have been left out after playing against Widnes.

Powell added: “Lynchy is all right, but Gadwin tore a hamstring scoring a try.

“He could be out for a few weeks with that, but we’re not sure yet exactly how bad it is.”