Catalans travel factor has been evened up for Castleford

Daryl Powell.
Daryl Powell.

Travelling across to France to play Catalans Dragons in the second of the Easter games will not create any extra hardship for Castleford Tigers, says head coach Daryl Powell.

The Tigers face a difficult task to recover from a tough derby tussle with Leeds Rhinos in time to play the French side on a ground where they have not enjoyed much success in recent years.

But with the Dragons also facing the same travel after playing away at Salford over Easter the travelling factor has been evened up.

Powell said: “I’ve never complained about Easter. It’s just what it is.

“I’ve played in these game myself and you recognise it’s a tough time.

“When you’ve got injuries it’s a little bit harder, but you’ve just got to get on with it.

“It’s a tough game, but they play a day after us so there is a little bit of an advantage there if you can get one over Easter.

“We’ll have to go over there and have a real crack at them.

“They’re a big old set of people so we need to be physically and mentally very strong.

“They’re over here and play Salford Friday so they’ve got to travel the same as us so it evens itself out a little bit.

“Obviously they’re at home so it’s a little bit easier for them, but I think it’s a good time for us.

“We go away on a little bit of a mini camp as it is over there and we can look to pull together and look to get a performance and a result.”

Powell would have liked to have been able to rotate his squad for the two Easter games, but has been unable to do much because of the injuries that have struck six first teamers while Matt Cook is suspended for both matches.

He added: “I have used the squad done in the past, but when you’ve got 18 or 19 fit players it’s pretty tough to do that. There’s not much roll round.

“We’ve just got to keep working hard. Hopefully we’ll start to get some people back in the next couple of weeks, it looks a little bit more positive.

“I’ve said this for the last couple of weeks, it’s a tough sport. A lot of the injuries we’ve got are contact injuries and unless you go out with a load of padding on you are not going to get past that, it’s the nature of the sport.”