Big-match verdict: Powell stays positive but attacks his own defence

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CASTLEFORD TIGERS are back on track and top of Betfred Super League, but boss Daryl Powell felt their performance in the 43-26 win over Catalans Dragons was a mixed bag.

A week after suffering their first defeat of the season – a 13-12 loss at Salford – Tigers conceded two converted tries and a penalty goal before getting their act together to blow Catalans away.

Tigers' Nathan Massey runs into trouble. PIC: Simon Hulme

Tigers' Nathan Massey runs into trouble. PIC: Simon Hulme

Powell was delighted with his side’s attacking effort after their disastrous opening, but stressed they need to be a lot better defensively if they are to stay in pole position.

“I think there were some outstanding things in our game,” said Powell, who admitted his men were “under pressure” at 14-0 down.

“We always looked dangerous when we had the ball, but we were a little bit leaky defensively and that’s one disappointing element.

“Having said that, when we did grab hold of our defensive game we completely dominated territory on the back of an awesome line speed.

Junior Moors is held up by the Catalans Dragons' defence. PIC: Simon Hulme

Junior Moors is held up by the Catalans Dragons' defence. PIC: Simon Hulme

“There were some really good things there and Catalans are a difficult team to play against.

“They are a big, physical team.

“To get away to a start like that gave them a real foothold in the game so I was pleased we managed to respond.”

Asked what his thoughts were at 14-0, Powell said: “Start defending!

“We looked poor and they were coming straight through the middle of us.

“We couldn’t compose ourselves when we had the ball so the message was to keep getting at them, but when we get the ball get some clear heads on us.

“When we did that I thought we were way too accurate for Catalans, but it took us a while.”

Powell added: “There were lots of good-quality performances and as a team at times we look unbelievably difficult to hold.

“There’s loads of positives.

“We made too many basic errors, but we had to win the game and it gets us back to a platform of being in a good position.

“We have got Huddersfield – at home again – on Friday night and we need to kick on again and have a bit more of a consistent performance over 80 minutes.”

Mike McMeeken.

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