IF YOU are not playing well, you won’t get picked.
That’s the warning from Castleford Tigers coach Daryl Powell, whose side are top of Betfred Super League.
Powell dropped French prop Gadwin Springer for the 43-26 win over Catalans Dragons two days ago, bringing Rangi Chase back on the bench.
And he explained: “I just don’t think he [Springer] is playing well enough.
“It wasn’t tactical, it’s just team selection. Olly Holmes should be available [this week] so we are getting to a point where if you’re not playing well enough you’re not in the team.
“That’s the way it is. We are asking for people to respond accordingly in terms of their performance levels.
“That’s what we’ve always been about and it’s getting to the point now where pretty much everybody’s going to be under some pressure.”
Powell hailed forward Adam Milner, who was Tigers’ man of the match against Catalans despite having to play out of position. “He is a nine, but he’s playing 13,” Powell said. “His energy and toughness defensively is excellent and with the ball he’s under-rated as well.
“He is very good in the loose, he does some high-quality things and he’s quick as well.
“I thought he started the game a bit scratchy, but he was excellent again. He has got a massive rating in the dressing room here and you can see why.”
Winger Greg Minikin missed last Sunday’s match due to a shoulder injury, but could come into contention for Friday’s home game against Huddersfield Giants.
Powell said: “He has still got a little bit of ache in his shoulder.
“I’d say it is 60-40 in his favour, but we’ll see as we go through the week.”
Tigers’ Matt Cook has received an RFL caution for a dangerous throw in Sunday’s victory.