Castleford boss not worried by poor history against Saints

Matt Cook, in contention to play against St Helens.
Matt Cook, in contention to play against St Helens.

His team may have a poor record against St Helens, but history counts for nothing ahead of tomorrow night’s meeting with the champions at Langtree Park, according to Castleford Tigers boss Daryl Powell.

Head coach Powell said he was not concerned that the Tigers have failed to beat Saints in any of their last 14 meetings and have never won away to St Helens in Super League.

Castleford’s last win at St Helens was in the third round of the long gone Regal Trophy on December 19, 1992 and they have to go back a further two years for their last away league win. But rather than worrying about an apparent Saints hoodoo Powell sees the latest meeting with them as an opportunity for his side even if they could be up against a fired up team after their thrashing in the World Club Challenge.

He told the Express: “It doesn’t matter really what result Saints had. They will be motivated, but we’ve just got to focus on our game and being as good as we can be.

“It’s always tough to go to St Helens no matter what’s just happened so we’re not going to worry about that too much.

“We’ve not got the best record against them, but history doesn’t really matter either. It’s not about what’s happened before or after, it’s this game and if we get our performance right we give ourselves a chance.

“The attitude of the players is going to be key.

“There’s no point worrying about what’s happened before, it’s tough place to go, we know that, and we want to go there and play well this time. It’s a good opportunity for us this week.

“St Helens won’t be happy with their performance last week. With the way that Souths played they put them under an immense amount of pressure and made life really difficult for them.

“We could pick up a few things on the way Saints play, but we had anyway. We had a good look at their first two games.

“But it’s just about us executing. We feel like we’ve been pretty close in the last two games and feel like we should have some points on the board, but we haven’t. We’ve got to focus on getting our execution right and if we do then we know we’re a threat.”

Castleford have Luke Dorn back and there could be a competitive debut for the club for fit again Matt Cook with Powell admitting to having a few selection decisions to make.

He said: “Luke Dorn and Matt Cook are both fit again and I’ve got to make a decision on who I pick.

“With more troops back we’ve got some competition for places and I’m just looking for some consistency from the players.

“It needs to be a huge effort and the 17 players we pick are going to have to be outstanding.”