Castleford players given time off to refresh

Castleford Tigers' Mike McMeeken runs at Daryl Clark during the last game before a break.
Castleford Tigers' Mike McMeeken runs at Daryl Clark during the last game before a break.

Castleford Tigers players will start the Super Eights fresh after earning a week off through their efforts in finishing in the top eight in the first phase of Super League 2015.

Head coach Daryl Powell explained that mentally and physically players needed time off, but they would be ready to go again when the new Super Eights competition kicks off next month.

He told the Express: “The players have been given some time off this week.

“Obviously for what they’ve done over the season they deserve it, but certainly not for what we delivered last week.

“We needed to put in a really strong performance to finish the season off and respect everything that we stand for.

“People came to support us and they’ve been fantastic all year, but that performance didn’t do them justice, which is one of the most disappointing things.

“But the players have got some time off this week and should come back really refreshed and ready to put the Warrington game behind them, which is going to be really important for us.”

Powell added; “It was the plan to get the 23 rounds out the way then have a break.

“The players have been in every week consistently up until now and it takes its toll on your body and obviously there could be some fatigue there so this was the right time to give them a break and just get away from rugby.

“You are judged consistently on what you do in rugby league and sometimes it’s good to get away from that and relax a little bit.”