It may be a little too late for this season, but Castleford Tigers boss Daryl Powell believes his team is on the cusp of something special.
With seven points to make up on St Helens to make the top four, Powell admitted it would be tough now to extend their season into the play-offs , but they showed at Hull what they were capable of and there is more to come according to the head coach.
He told the Express: “I look us at the moment and think we’ve got something special brewing. It’s just a matter of time for me.
“This seven week period we’ve got now is a period that is I think is going to define us as an outstanding team for the future.
“We are always looking to make a mark on the history of the club and we haven’t quite managed to do that, we haven’t won anything yet. That’s what we’re after. We’re not here to be sitting around looking at the so called big clubs, we’re after trying to be the best team in the competition.
“I look and see so many positive signs at what we’ve got here and the way we’ve handled the tough situations we’ve been in.”
Castleford are in line to possibly finish the season as Super League’s highest scorers, but they have also conceded more than any of the clubs above them and it is in defence where Powell wants to see a big improvement.
He said: “Our attack has been consistent across the season. We’re the second highest points scorers, but second highest points conceded as well which has been frustrating.
“We can certainly score points that’s why if we can flip that round and become a better defensive team on a consistent basis we’ve got the makings of a really outstanding rugby league team here.
“It’s just that consistency.
“Having a bit of luck with injuries would be helpful, but overall I think we’ve got the makings of something pretty special.
“It’s about making sure all the aspects of rugby league we are outstanding at.
“At the moment we are outstanding with the ball most of the time, but without the ball we’ve got to be better.
“That was the standard last week at Hull and we’ve set ourselves a bit of a benchmark and we need to go on with it.”