Castleford Tigers boss Daryl Powell has spoken of his frustration at points slipping from his team’s grasp in the opening two Super League games despite seeing some positive signs.
The Tigers were beaten by just two points in their first game against Wakefield Wildcats and there was only one point in it when they travelled to play Catalans Dragons, but Cas have yet to break their duck yet in 2015 and now face last year’s Grand Finalists, St Helens and Wigan Warriors, in their next two matches.
Head coach Powell is obviously unhappy that his side are “pointless” so far, but says it has not been all doom and gloom.
He told the Express: “We had our chances against Catalans and were probably a bit unlucky at times, but ultimately it was a frustrating outcome to another game we should have won.
“It’s been a tough start to the season and to lose them in the way we have is pretty disappointing.
“But I thought we were really tough and aggressive defensively.
“We mixed it with them and weren’t prepared to back down, which I thought was a real good sign of the team’s mentality.
“We just need to tidy up our attacking game.
“We had opportunities we should have taken and it was disappointing we couldn’t finish some of the chances we got. That’s been a real focus for us.
“Obviously we’ve got new players in the team and we haven’t really hit the straps yet. We’re constantly working on getting better.
“There’s some good signs from us, but it is very frustrating at the moment.
“We haven’t been able to pick up the points we should have. I think we should be sat with four points on the league ladder at the moment and we’ve got none.
“It’s going to require a real tough mentality from us over the next couple of weeks and then a big effort against St Helens.”
Powell said the players were training this week before they would be given time off over the weekend when they have no game because of the World Club Challenge matches that the Tigers so narrowly missed out on.
He added: “Having a week off gives us a bit of time to get some troops either back or being closer to being back.
“Saints have got a big game this coming weekend and it gives a good chance to have a look at them. So in that context it’s good for us that we have a week off.
“But Saints are pretty much on fire at the moment and started the season like they did last year. We’re going to need to be excellent, there’s no doubt about that, but I think it’s there.”