Castleford Tigers learning how to handle tough conditions

Junior Moors breaks past Bill Tupou in Castleford Tigers' wet weather game against Wakefield Trinity. Picture: Bruce Rollinson
Junior Moors breaks past Bill Tupou in Castleford Tigers' wet weather game against Wakefield Trinity. Picture: Bruce Rollinson

Head coach Daryl Powell is pleased with the way his team has learned to handle difficult conditions.

The Tigers struggled in the wet weather at last year’s Grand Final, but have had plenty of practice to improve their game in tough conditions this year and with the exception of the Warrington “splashdown” match they have come out on top on each occasion, including last week’s game against Wakefield Trinity.

“We saw the conditions through the day and we knew it was going to be difficult for both teams,” said Cas boss Powell.

“We’ve had two games with Wakefield now and both were played in pretty wet conditions.

“I thought we handled the conditions quite well. We kicked exceptionally well in attacking positions and put a lot of pressure on Wakefield.

“The players have to work hard in those sorts of conditions. It’s pretty tough, the pitch has had a lot of water on it in the winter and into the spring so you have to work exceptionally hard on those kind of surfaces.”

Understandably in the conditions last Friday’s game became a bit of a forwards battle with the Tigers pack coming out on top and Powell was pleased with his big men.

He added: “I was really pleased with Gadwin Springer and the returning players in the pack. Jesse Sene-Lefao was full of energy and it was good to have Junior Moors back out there with Paul McShane in the middle of it all.

“He was outstanding as was Mike McMeeken I thought. I think he’s been really growing as he’s moved into the last four or five games.”