Powell praises Castleford players’ attitude

Castleford Tigers players celebrate Denny Solomona's try against St Helens. Picture: Andy May
Castleford Tigers players celebrate Denny Solomona's try against St Helens. Picture: Andy May

Castleford Tigers boss Daryl Powell is pleased with the way his players are dealing with adversity in games and coping with some big decisions still going against them.

Not for the first time this season the video referee system brought in this year whereby they do not overrule the official on the pitch without what they see as clear cut evidence cost the Tigers in their game against St Helens.

Previously, Denny Solomona had what looked a perfectly good try ruled out against Catalans Dragons for offside when available camera evidence indicated he was okay and Craig Huby and Eorl Crabtree were allowed tries for Huddersfield against Cas although replays showed there were major doubts about the validity of their “tries”. In each of the cases the referees’ initial decisions stood.

The Tigers lost both games narrowly and it looked like the same was going to happen last Thursday when St Helens went in front in the second half after Shannon McDonnell was allowed his “try” despite one replay showing him at least half-a-yard offside following up Jordan Turner’s kick.

Referee Richard Silverwood, who also gave the two controversial Huddersfield scores against Cas, indicated try and was backed up as one replay showed it was close whether the player was offside, thereby creating doubt.

But the Tigers players did not sulk about the decision, kept going to the finish and were rewarded with their last-gasp drop-kick victory.

“We’ve had some tough calls here and there and we got another with the video referee try decision, but at the moment it doesn’t matter, we just get on with it and don’t fuss anybody too much,” Tigers head coach Powell told the Express.

“The way the players are getting on with things has been outstanding in the last month in particular.

“The players are just developing all the time, the group, as a team and as an outstanding unit. They are just getting better.

“If you look at the last two games we’ve won against who had been the table toppers at the time there’s been a drop-goal in each of them and we’ve had composure at the end.”

Powell reflected on a memorable night against St Helens at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle.

He said: “It was a tight game most of the way through, but the way it ended with a bit of drama and for us to come out on top against a team that generally does that sort of thing to the opposition was pretty special.

“It was amazing how the players managed to maintain their composure.

“First of all they came up with the scrum push and then came up with a period of play that had quality written all over it.

“I can’t speak highly enough of the boys the way they managed that last bit.”