Away day presents a challenge in cup for Castleford Tigers

Ladbrokes Challenge Cup
Ladbrokes Challenge Cup

Castleford Tigers boss Daryl Powell has described the club’s Challenge Cup draw as tough, but winnable, after last year’s runners-up were drawn out away to Hull FC in the sixth round.

The winners of the tie to take place over the weekend of May 15-17 will go into the quarter-finals and be only two further wins away from a Wembley appearance so both sides’ fans will already be dreaming of a trip down south in August.

Head coach Powell is expecting a cup cracker at the KC Stadium.

He said: “It’s a tough draw, going away to Hull.

“We had a really difficult game against them recently that we were fortunate enough to come out the end of with a victory.

“But we’re going away from home and at the same stage last year we went to Wigan.

“For us it’s about which team turns up. We need our best team to turn up, the one that’s focused and really determined, professional and very difficult to beat.

“Whoever we’re playing if we get that right then we’re in with a chance definitely.

“It’s a tough draw, but we’re capable of going there and getting a result.”

Powell would love to sample the Wembley atmosphere again after having a taste last year.

He added: “It was a big year for us in the cup last year and getting to the final was awesome.

“We weren’t quite good enough to get the result in the final, but the cup was a big stepping stone for us in terms of the way we felt about ourselves, the way the fans felt about us, the good feel about the club.

“It would be great to do it again, but you’ve got to take each game as it comes and we’ve got a few games before we roll into that one and it’s important we focus on those.”