Castleford boss takes positives from Saints game

Castleford Tigers' Joel Monaghan leaps high to get a try against St Helens.
Castleford Tigers' Joel Monaghan leaps high to get a try against St Helens.

After their Hull KR horror show it was a much improved effort from Castleford Tigers against St Helens as Daryl Powell reflected this week.

The Castleford Tigers head coach was disappointed his side had not taken the two points, but pointed to several positives he was able to take out of last Sunday’s First Utility Super League game.

He told the Express: “It was a much better performance, but we weren’t quite good enough to get the result.

“It was pretty disappointing because we did a lot of good things and created a lot of opportunities, but just couldn’t quite get the pass selection right to get us what we wanted.

“We weren’t far away, but realise that we need to get better and improve in certain areas to get results against teams like St Helens.

“I thought defensively we stepped up. But eight points up with 20 minutes to go we just lost our way a little bit. We came up with a kick error and a penalty and that undid us. We couldn’t quite get it back.”

Injuries played a part again with Cas losing two players before kick-off and another in the match.

Powell said: ”We lost Junior Moors when he failed his head test so that sort of got us a bit then obviously losing Jake Webster as late as we did and Andy Lynch during the game. It’s just the way things are at the moment for us.

“The players are working hard to come out the other side, but our combinations change every week and it’s certainly been a tough old campaign so far. We’ve just got to stay positive and keep working hard.

“We got a lot of positives from the weekend, but ultimately we’ve got to be winning those games.”

Powell was pleased with the performances of a number of his players, particularly Grant Millington who had to play 80 minutes at stand-off.

He added: “Grant’s played in there before for us and done really well.

“He’s a smart player and has got decent skills with the ball. He did well and helped to stiffen us up defensively.

“I was really pleased with him and thought he was probably our best player on the day and did a lot of good things.

“It was a real strong effort throughout the team. Lee Jewitt’s in a good run of form at the moment. Switching Joel Monaghan to centre was another adjustment we had to make, but he handled that pretty well.

“Crooksy played really well. He came back well and alongside Grant Millington was our best on the day.

“We did really well for large parts of the game, but being able to win those games regardless of personnel we are just going to have to improve in our composure at certain times.”