Training proving tricky for Castleford Tigers

Castleford Tigers head coach Daryl Powell.
Castleford Tigers head coach Daryl Powell.

Head coach Daryl Powell admitted the wintry weather has not made it easy for his players to have meaningful training sessions in the last week.

A heavy training pitch and before that a snow covered one has hampered early preparations for this Sunday’s game with Salford Red Devils, but Powell says they have found a way to cope and with better weather hopefully round the corner prospects are beginning to look up.

Asked how difficult the weather had made it, the Tigers boss said: “We did manage a couple of good snowball fights!

“It’s a difficult time of year to get some quality training, but it’s the same for everybody.

“We trained indoors at Huddersfield on Monday and we trained on our training pitch on Tuesday, which is pretty heavy.

“The main reason why we’ve got these hamstring injuries is the change of surface. We don’t want to train on a heavy ground too much so we go and train on a 4G. Then the next day you train on a heavy ground so it’s just awkward.

“I’ll be glad when it firms up a little bit and this summer rugby we keep talking about comes to fruition!”

Powell added: “I don’t think we’re going to get the dry weather we want this week according to the forecast, but it is what it is, we’ve just got to deal with it.

“But it is awkward in terms of training facilities and our training pitch is not great. But we’re all right, we’ve got another two training sessions before we play and hopefully we’ll get a reasonable track.

“The pitch is looking all right. Stuart Vause is doing a great job on it and he’s working his backside off to keep it in good nick.

“The drainage is not very good at all so he has to work super hard to get it right and we can all see the pitch is in good nick so Stuart’s doing a very good job for us.”