Carney’s return gives Castleford boss a decision to make

Justin Carney in training. Picture: MATTHEW MERRICK
Justin Carney in training. Picture: MATTHEW MERRICK

Castleford Tigers boss Daryl Powell is not looking to make many changes to his side for the St Helens game on Sunday, but faces a tricky selection decision with Australian winger Justin Carney back from a three match ban.

Carney was in outstanding form before picking up his third suspension of the season and is likely to come back into the team, but in his absence the Tigers have won twice against Wigan and Hull with James Clare and Richard Owen both playing well on the wings.

Powell explained: “I’ll make a decision on Justin Carney later in the week, but he’s available again after suspension and will go straight back into the squad. I’ll make a decision on who plays where down the track.

“He’s obviously a high quality player who’s got a lot of pace for a big man and is looking forward to getting back on the field again.

“He has been working hard in training to try and defend with a slightly different technique. But we don’t want him lose his aggression.

“Richard Owen and James Clare have done well in Justin’s absence. Richard’s taken his opportunity while he has been back in the team and James the same so both have enhanced themselves and their abilities in my mind.

“They will both feel like they are fighting for a wing spot and that’s what we want, competition for places. It’s key and we are starting to develop a little bit of that.

“I think everybody’s responded really well over the last few weeks. We’ve been looking at the form line and if you had a table over the last five games we’d be fourth. We’re playing well, there’s a real confidence there.

“After a performance like last week’s I’m not going to be making too many changes. But Ben Davies is probably available again and I’ll check on him on Thursday,”