Castleford Tigers boss Daryl Powell said lessons would be learned after being hugely disappointed with the way his team rounded off their first phase fixtures in the Super League.
The Tigers were heavily beaten 44-6 by Warrington Wolves in their last game before the Super Eights and lost ground in their bid for a top four play-off place.
“It was a really poor performance lacking in many of the characteristics which we’ve built up and been renowned for in the past couple of years,” said Powell.
“It was really disappointing. We know we’ve got to put it behind us, but there were some lessons to be learned, both for myself and the players.
“We need to respond pretty quickly, but we are in a new competition now, we’ve given ourselves an opportunity and we need to take it.
“Losing your half-back impacts on you a little bit, but I’m not sure it would have made any difference because we were so far off.
“The signs were there before we lost Luke Gale. On two fronts really, one that Warrington were going to be here to play well and win the game and we weren’t quite where we needed to be.
“Warrington were on the button. They were excellent and had too much intent for us.
“We looked like we had a week off next week and they looked like they had something to build to. I thought it might have been the other way round.
“It was disappointing that our effort and commitment was way, way off where it usually is and we need to get to grips with that pretty quickly before our next game.”
Powell continued: “Too many of our players individually and obviously collectively were really shabby.
“Defensively we were poor and that impacted on our ability to play the game. They did to us what we wanted to do to them.
“Their half-backs were very good and their forward pack just cleaned ours up.
“It was a pretty complete performance from them, I thought they rolled us in every department.
“Most of our boys were off. Junior Moors came on and did a pretty good job, but it was hard to take any positives from the game.
“The positive is we’ve got a week off.
“I’m not sure that helps really. Maybe that was the reason why, it’s hard to say.
Powell is now looking ahead to the Super Eights and wants his team to get their consistency back after up and down recent performances.
He added; “We’ve got to turn our mentality from it being outstanding here and there to being outstanding every week.
“We’ve got seven weeks left, we’re playing against the best teams every week and to serve up a performance like that was clearly unacceptable so we’ve got to respond.
“We’re in the Super Eights now, it’s a brand new competition and I’ve got a bit of work to do to get across to the boys a few messages.
“The boys are off for a week now so it will take a bit of time to get that across. But we’ll be ready.”