Castleford boss: Luck was not on our side

Calum Turner goes over to score a try on his Castleford Tigers debut against Hull. Picture: Jonathan Gawthorpe
Calum Turner goes over to score a try on his Castleford Tigers debut against Hull. Picture: Jonathan Gawthorpe

Head coach Daryl Powell bemoaned an absence of luck for his side after they lost out to Hull FC in their latest Betfred Super League game.

Powell reflected on several missed opportunities in the second half for his side that contributed to the 36-12 defeat, along with two injuries during the game leaving them short on numbers and several decisions from the officials that went against the Tigers.

“I was disappointed with some of the running lines, they were obvious ones for me that weren’t picked up,” Powell told the Express.

“There was one just before the first try was scored when we should have got a penalty and we actually put them into touch and then the second try that Shaul scored was a blatant obstruction.

“There’s three officials around that area of the field and none of them could see it. That begs the question what are they looking for?

“We didn’t get much luck, whether it was decisions from the referee or the bounce of the ball. It was just one of those games where we tried really hard and the effort was great, but we didn’t have any luck.

“There was a massive turning point when we didn’t score with a great chance and they scored in the next set.

“There’s a try at the end where it’s funny how the ball bobs out and they can’t recognise it.

“There were some key decisions that went against us, but ultimately I thought we tried really hard and we had a good chance to get back into the game.”

Powell was happy with his players’ efforts at Hull with so much going against them.

He added: “It was tough in some respects. It’s always disappointing when you lose a game, but I thought we did some really good things, particularly in the second half.

“We got rattled by having to move the team around even further with injuries so that made things a little bit difficult as well.

“I thought there was a large period of the second half where we were superb actually.

“I think we had six line breaks to five and that period in the second half we were very dangerous.

“If Calum Turner scores in the corner then we had a great chance of winning the game, but he ends up not putting the ball down and sliding into touch over the try-line.

“He’s a young fells and he acquitted himself well, but it’s disappointing that we didn’t get the try as we had a great chance of going on and winning the game.”

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