Castleford motivated for big finish to season

Final game: Luke Dorn.
Final game: Luke Dorn.

Castleford Tigers boss Daryl Powell believes his team should be highly motivated for Sunday’s last game of the season against Widnes Vikings.

Powell is keen to put the record straight after the Tigers were turned over on their home patch by Widnes Vikings earlier this season.

Victory could also clinch the fifth place finish Cas have targeted if Catalans Dragons fail to beat Wigan in their last game.

Powell told the Express: “Widnes turned us over and played really well against us the last time they came to the Mend-A-Hose Jungle so it’s an interesting one for us.

“There could be a position up the ladder riding on it for us and there’s nothing in it for Widnes, but rugby league players are rugby league players and they’ll want to play every game.

“Motivation needs to be high from us because we’ve got a lot to gain I think and we want to set the record straight after they did what they did to us at home.

“I certainly think that’s important and I don’t see any reason why we can’t play better this time.

“We’ve been pretty good in the Super 8s. We’ve a chance here to make it five wins out of seven and that really puts a marker down for us.

“We were within a cat’s whisker of winning at Warrington and I thought we acquitted ourselves well for a large chunk of the game at St Helens so if we can get this job done it will have been an awesome finish to the season and really set us up for the start of next.”

Powell thinks the players will want to make sure Luke Dorn gets a big send-off with Sunday’s game being the last of his terrific career.

He said: “I think it’s an extra added motivation for the players to win for Luke.

“He’s got a massive amount of respect from his peer group and they’ll want to make sure he’s walking round the field to Sweet Caroline at the end.

“For us it’s our last game at home. We’ve really worked hard to stabilise our home form and this is a key game for us to finish that off in front of our own fans.”

Powell admits to having the rarity for 2016 of a few selection problems of the right kind ahead of the game.

All the victorious squad from last week’s match at Catalans came through without injury while half-back Rangi Chase is back from suspension and prop Gadwin Springer back in contention after injury.

He added: “We didn’t pick up any new injuries from last weekend – Hallelujah!

“Rangi Chase is available again so I’ve got to make a decision there and everybody else from last week should be available.

“Gadwin Springer could have a chance of playing, we’ll see how he is through the week,

“Mike McMeeken came through his first game back okay. I thought he started really strong and he was a handful. He will be available again.

“There’s a few selection decisions to be made, which I’ve not had too many times this year with all the injuries.”