Castleford Tigers: Powell refusing to give up on the top four

Daryl Powell.

Daryl Powell.

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CASTLEFORD TIGERS coach Daryl Powell is refusing to give up on a top-four finish.

The First Utility Super-8s began with Tigers – who travel to Hull tonight – in sixth spot, needing to make up a seven-point gap to snatch a place in the semi-finals.

It is a tall order with seven games to play, but Powell insisted: “I would never say never, until it is impossible.

“It is not impossible. It is very difficult, no question about that, but special things happen each season.

“We will just approach each game with confidence and keep improving as a team.

“That is really important and there is always something to play for.

“It is crucial our mentality is right and we go into every game as hard as we can.

“You can only play one game at a time and we will need to be outstanding [tonight] to come up with the points, because they have been pretty good this year.”

Hull ended the regular season in top spot and are through to the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup final.

Powell stressed: “They could not have asked for anything more, but I am just interested in us, where we are and what sort of mindset we are going to have.

“We have won two of our last three games and the players have done a fantastic job to get us up to sixth.

“Now it’s about how we go on with it.”

Super League’s top try scorer Denny Solomona could return for Tigers after missing the derby win at Wakefield two weeks ago due to food poisoning.

Luke Dorn (calf) and Rangi Chase (back) are also in contention, along with Lee Jewitt.

Paddy Flynn and Tom Holmes, who has undergone shoulder surgery, drop out.

Hull coach Lee Radford has named an unchanged 19 from last Friday’s Cup semi-final win over Wigan.

Jordan Abdull and Josh Bowden are the players who missed out last week.

Hull: from Shaul, Michaels, Fonua, Yeaman, Talanoa, Tuimavave, Sneyd, Taylor, Houghton, Watts, Manu, Minichiello, Ellis, Thompson, Pritchard, Washbrook, Green, Abdull, Bowden.

Castleford Tigers: from Chase, Crooks, Cook, Dorn, Gale, Hampshire, O Holmes, Jewitt, Maher, Mariano, McShane, Millington, Milner, Minikin, Moors, Patrick, Savelio, Solomona, Springer.

Referee: Jack Smith (Warrington).

Kick-off: Tonight, 8pm.

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