Castleford Tigers fans can play a part in helping the team to overcome Hull FC in their sixth round Ladbrokes Challenge Cup tie at the KC Stadium tomorrow, says head coach Daryl Powell.
The KC Stadium can be a daunting place for an away team with noisy home fans looking to influence decisions of referees and ramp up the noise in support of their team.
But Cas fans have made their presence felt home and away this season and if they turn up in numbers it can go some way to offsetting Hull’s home advantage.
Tigers boss Powell praised the supporters for the backing they have given the team in all the matches in 2015.
He told the Express: “It is quite an intimidating place to play. It’s pretty enclosed and the Hull fans are vociferous and get behind the players. But I’d expect there to be quite a few Castleford fans there – we’ve been superbly supported wherever we’ve been this year.
“Last week wasn’t a great game for our fans in terms of result. We didn’t give them much to cheer and didn’t score any points, but they were just constant throughout the game.
“They supported the team regardless of what was happening and were outstanding.”
Powell is gearing his side up to face a confident Hull team.
He said: “Hull had a great win at Warrington last week and they were ecstatic after the game. They celebrated like they’d won a cup final so will be pleased with themselves.
“These last couple of years games between us and Hull couldn’t have been any closer. There’s been nothing between the teams really. We beat them at home, but it was a tight game and they were talking about it swinging on Marc Sneyd getting injured when he did.
“But it was a close game, it was the same, 19-16, last year and we drew at their place. There was nothing in it.
“They have got good players all across the board.
“They spent a lot of money on their half-backs this year with Marc Sneyd and Leon Pryce who looked like he was challenging Warrington consistently last week so we’ve certainly got some players to keep our eye on. Marc Sneyd played well for them at Cas. His kicking game was good and he opened us up a couple of times with his running game. He’s certainly a threat and knows a fair bit about us as well.
“We’ve just got to perform, we’ve got to be right on top of our game. Obviously our injury list is not great, but we’ve got good players in all positions. We’ve just got to make sure we go there, perform well and give ourselves a chance.”