Powell pleased with learning experience for Cas youngsters

Will Maher, impressed head coach Daryl Powell.
Will Maher, impressed head coach Daryl Powell.

The result may have been a little disappointing, but Castleford Tigers head coach Daryl Powell took plenty out of the final warm-up game at Bradford Bulls.

Several fringe players took their chance to enhance their claims for a first team spot while Powell reckoned it was a great learning experience for the younger members of the squad.

Although the Tigers lost 26-8 they fielded a mostly inexperienced line-up with many of the players from this year’s under 19s team.

Powell said: “Ryan Boyle played well. I thought Jy Hitchcox did some decent things and Greg Minikin was really good.

“Some of the younger players handled themselves pretty well, but it was a tough game for us.

“We always knew it was going to be tough and I think the young players were outstanding.

“I think they will have learned a fair bit from the two games, against York when they won and against Bradford who had a strong team out. They played really well to hang in there.

“It’s two games on the spin they got rattled a bit physically and then grabbed back so it’s been a good couple of games for the young fellas.

“There’s a lot of those young guys who aren’t ready and won’t be ready this season, but I just think for them to see the level they need to be striving for is good for them. Then they know what they’ve got to do physically, mentally and tactically in the next few years and hopefully we’ll see them nosing through.

“I was disappointed for Ash Robson when he got the knee injury. He showed he can handle it. He played well against Featherstone and Bradford and shown that he can step up.

“People like Will Maher we know he can so there’s been a lot of good signs from the young players.”