Castleford Tigers: Tigers are coming up to the boil says Powell

Castleford Tigers' Nathan Massey.
Castleford Tigers' Nathan Massey.
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IT IS only a matter of time before Castleford Tigers come to the boil, coach Daryl Powell predicts.

Tigers will be chasing a second successive win when they play host to Hull in First Utility Super League tonight and Powell reckons they are beginning to show positive signs.

“In two out of our last three games we have come up with pretty good performances,” Powell said of wins over Wigan Warriors and Salford Red Devils.

“In between, not so good (a 22-0 defeat at Huddersfield Giants).

“We are striving for that level of consistency that will make us an outstanding team.

“We have got all the ingredients and it is a matter of putting them together on a regular basis.”

Tonight’s match is the second in a series of three successive home games.

And Powell added: “It is a tough competition this year and it is important we keep picking wins up.

“There’s certainly better things yet to come from us. We are getting in a groove as a team and the longer the season goes on, the better we will be. ”

The victory a week ago highlighted what Tigers can do when they get their game right, according to Powell.

He added: “We conceded a couple of soft tries from kicks, but apart from that I thought we were the better side consistently.

“We are defending well for the most part and showing some nice touches with the ball.

“Hull have got some good ability and they will be confident, but we just need to play well.

“If we do that we are confident, whoever we play.

“We have played some good teams so far this year and we have matched, if not been better than, most of them.

“We believe if we play well we can compete with anyone.”

Tigers are without suspended forwards Matt Cook and Nathan Massey, plus full-back Luke Dorn, who suffered a bad cut to his mouth last week.

Jordan Tansey will replace Dorn, ex-Hull man Andy Lynch is set to return from injury and Ashley Gibson, Scott Moore and Steve Crossley are also in contention for a call-up.

Hull captain Gareth Ellis has a rib injury so Dean Hadley is poised to take over in the second-row. Jamie Shaul has recovered from an ankle problem and is back in the squad, along with Stuart Howarth.

Castleford Tigers from: Boyle, Carney, Clare, Crossley, Finn, Gale, Gibson, Holmes, Lynch, McMeeken, Millington, Milner, Moore, Moors, Roberts, Shenton, Tansey, Webster, Wheeldon

Hull from: Bowden, Green, Hadley, Houghton, Howarth, Lineham, Michaels, Minichiello, Paea, Paleaaesina, Pryce, Rankin, Shaul, Sneyd, Talanoa, Thompson, Watts, Westerman, Yeaman

Referee: Matt Thomason.

Kick-off: Tonight, 8pm.

Castleford Tigers coach Daryl Powell. PIC: Matthew Merrick/RLPhotos.com

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