Castleford coach: There’s a real toughness about us

Daryl Powell.
Daryl Powell.

Daryl Powell has praised the toughness of his Castleford Tigers players and the way they are defying injuries in their desire to do their best for the team this year.

The Tigers head coach highlighted head and facial injuries suffered by Grant Millington and Jake Webster in the win over Leeds Rhinos at Newcastle’s St James’ Park when they both simply got on with the game.

He said: “When you play rugby league you put your body on the line, it’s a tough sport, but some of the things I saw last week from our players were very, very tough.

“There were a couple of cuts there where they just got on with it until we could get them off the field.

“They don’t stay on the floor, they get up and get on because we’ve got a tough, committed group to what we’re doing this season and those sorts of things stand out in good teams - I think we’ve got in abundance at the moment, a real toughness about us.”

That toughness is about to get tested again with the second weekend double-header that has been handed down to Super League clubs and Powell is not a fan of the idea of a second Bank Holiday double up, especially so soon after Easter.

He added: “It’s a bit silly having another two games so close together, but it is what it is, it’s there and we’ve just got to get on with it.

“I’ve never complained about the Easter programme and I never will. I did it in my day and I know the game’s changed a little bit, but it’s part of the fabric of rugby league.

“But two of these short turnarounds are not part of the fabric.

“But I’m not going to complain about it too much. We have a job to do and we’ll look after the players as well as we can. It’s their job to get out there and perform.”