Castleford coach praises pack effort against Hull

Rangi Chase about to touch the ball down for a try for Castleford Tigers against Hull. Picture: IAN HARBER
Rangi Chase about to touch the ball down for a try for Castleford Tigers against Hull. Picture: IAN HARBER

Delighted Castleford Tigers coach Daryl Powell described his team’s performance against Hull as “outstanding”.

He said: “It went right down to the death and it was a great game of rugby league. For any neutrals it was a superb game.

“Obviously it got a bit edgy for us towards the end, but we hung on and showed a lot of spirit and commitment and a fair bit of skill in there to win. It was an outstanding effort.

“It was a big game for the club and the players as well. It was an opportunity to win three straight home games and we were able to do that. It’s good to build some continuity at home and we need to carry that into our away form now.

“There’s no doubt we can play with the ball, but we also showed some real resilience on our own try line and we managed to keep a real good attacking side like Hull out for long periods.

“We conceded some long range tries, which obviously were disappointing, but our kicking game was on the money and we turned the ball over in good field position generally.

“Our defence let us down a little bit and our management of contacts needs to improve. If we can do that and our kicks continue to put the ball in the right areas then we will start to chip away at the points we’re conceding.

“There was period in the second half where everything we did for about six or seven sets turned to gold and Rangi Chase was at the heart of that.

“He had a big impact, but everybody went with him.

“The forwards were excellent and everybody worked really hard to make things happen for us.

“I know people talk about Rangi being outstanding and he is, but you need everybody to function round him and I thought we were very good in that area.

“I thought all the pack were superb. Hull have got a big pack of forwards and we fronted up and got the job done.

“Our pack for a large pert of the game was winning the yardage battle. Just at the back end where they got a couple of breaks on us that switched round a little bit and they got more yardage than us, but for a large period I thought our pack got on top of them.”