Key games ahead for Castleford Tigers

Castleford Tigers players thank the crowd for their support after the win over Hull KR.
Castleford Tigers players thank the crowd for their support after the win over Hull KR.

Castleford Tigers boss Daryl Powell sees the next two matches as hugely significant in the development of his team this season.

Back to back away games at Widnes and Salford now await the Tigers, but wins in both would be likely to lift them in the Super League top four and Powell sees the matches as big opportunities.

He told the Express: “The next two games are key.

“If we can get a couple of good wins in these next two, starting with Widnes, we will start to look a really strong team I think.

“These are really important games for us.

“We want to build now. We’ve won two games on the spin twice this year, we’ve got to convert that to three now.

“It’s about consistency and we need that in our game and need to chalk wins off. We were really good against Hull KR and want to maintain that standard.”

Powell was delighted with the desire to defend in last weekend’s 25-4 win over Hull KR and wants more of the same attitude from the players. He reckons the Tigers are looking hard to break down, but has warned they cannot afford any let up in effort when they play Widnes Vikings this Sunday, another side he sees as dangerous in attack.

While Widnes currently sit second from bottom after losing their last two Super League games they have recorded wins over Warrington and Hull KR and drew with Wigan and have only been beaten by champions St Helens on their home ground.

Their controversial pitch helps to make them a formidable team at the Select Security Stadium and Powell is expecting a more difficult game for his team than they were given by Hull KR last week.

He said: “Widnes have a good squad and are well coached by Dennis Betts. They play well at home and obviously that pitch is a little bit of an advantage to them.

“They’ve had a really tough Easter and will be pleased to see the back of it.

“Having to travel to Catalans on Easter Monday is a tough thing to do. They got delayed as well and then had to play on the Friday. I can’t understand why they were given that schedule, it’s ridiculous to be honest.

“Before that they were really good against Warrington in a derby and when Kevin Brown’s in the team they look a good side, with the ball they are a threat and are dangerous. He’s got a good passing and kicking game.

“If he’s not in there they’re not quite as good, but they are still a strong side and will be a challenge to us.

“Obviously they will be pretty keen to win this game. They will mark this down as an important one for them and we need to perform well to get the two points.”