Castleford Tigers head coach Daryl Powell praised his team after they came up with a strong display in beating Hull KR 25-4 at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle.
The victory lifted the Tigers up to sixth place in the Super league table and was based on an impressive defensive display with the previously high scoring Rovers team kept to just one early try.
Powell said: “Our attitude to defend was sensational and it’s growing all the time.
“We look like we are a tough team to break down. Hull KR got an early try, but I don’t really think they looked like scoring after that.
“Hull KR have been blowing teams away with the way they’ve played so I was really delighted with our defence.
“We weren’t fantastic with the ball at times. We made big yards but when we got down the other end of the field we weren’t great but when you can defend like that you can come up with a scratchy effort.”
Powell had words of praise for several of his players, but admitted the win had come at a cost with the loss of Australian winger Justin Carney to a bad looking injury.
He added: “Obviously, the big dampener is what happened to Justin Carney. It’s a big blow for us but apart from that I thought we were superb.
“Justin has dislocated his elbow and it looks like he has probably broken bones in there as well. It’s not a good injury at all but we don’t know the full extent until we get some news back from the hospital.
“I thought Gibson was excellent. He rode tackles and I was really pleased with him,.
“Channing has slotted in at different times on the wing. It is not his favourite spot but he is doing a job for us.
“We are getting to the point where it doesn’t matter who we bring in - they do a really good job. We are having pretty bad luck with injuries so we need the squad depth we’ve got.
“Roberts did a lot of good things. His game and his confidence is growing all the time.”