The considerable figure of Rangi Chase looms large for Castleford Tigers this Sunday should he be declared fit to play for his new Salford Red Devils club, but his former head coach Daryl Powell says there are no special plans to deal with the ex-Man of Steel.
Many predicted that the Tigers would struggle without playmaker Chase, but they have won all five Super League games without him while the player has had a disappointing start to life at Salford after picking up an injury in the opening game and not playing any part in the four matches that have followed.
He is on the mend with unconfirmed reports that he will make his comeback against the Tigers, but Cas boss Powell wants his team to concentrate on their own game and what they are doing well rather than have any worries about how to deal with Chase.
He told the Express: “We’re not sure if Rangi Chase will be playing. There’s some rumours that he’ll be back in the squad so that would make it interesting.
“Obviously we know plenty about him so if he’s got any little weaknesses then we’ll know how to get at them.
“But we’ll just play our own game. We’ve done pretty well playing the Castleford way and there’s no point changing it, we just need to tidy a few areas up. I’m happy with the way we’re going, we just need to step up a little bit from last week.
“We’re focusing on one game at a time at the moment and that’s working for us so we’ll do that again.
“We know it will be a difficult game. They’ve signed a lot of very good players as well as Rangi and they started very well, but they’ve lost their last three so they’ll be desperate.”
Powell is delighted that the Tigers have set a new club record start to a Super League season with five wins from five and on the back of this the players will travel to Salford in good spirits.
He said: “Without a doubt there’s a lot of confidence in the team. There’s confidence that if we get rattled as well or things don’t go our way we hang in there.
“We conceded first against Hull KR and that didn’t really worry us too much. We conceded first against Hull and we just got on with the job. There’s some character and resilience in the team at the moment.
“We’ve got a couple of away games now that will bring their own difficulties, but we’ve given ourselves a real good head start into the season and we can start to grow and build from where we’re at.”