A WEEKEND without a game is just what Castleford Tigers need, according to coach Daryl Powell.
Tigers finished sixth in First Utility Super League following a 46-20 win at Wakefield Trinity Wildcats two days ago.
They were without nine of their first 13 players – and had 14 unavailable in total – and Powell said a break this weekend, before the Super-8s begin, will boost their chances of getting some troops back on board.
“We really need it, to get a breather,” Powell said.
“Hopefully we might get a few players coming back to strengthen us a bit.”
Andre Savelio, signed on loan from St Helens until the end of the season, scored a try on his Tigers debut at Wakefield and Powell reckons he will prove an important acquisition.
“He has trained with us a couple of times,” Powell said.
“We have got so many different combinations on a weekly basis it is pretty difficult to slot into our team, so I thought he did really well.
“He handled himself really well.
“He is a good player, I have always rated him and I thought he fitted into our team really well.”
Powell declined to comment on whether Savelio could become a permanent Tigers player at the end of his loan spell.
“We don’t know what’s going to happen with Andre, he is a contracted St Helens player,” Powell said.
Powell admitted Tigers “haven’t been completely and utterly great” in the regular season, but believes they will “reap the rewards in the long-term” of their experiences with injuries this year.
“I think coming out of this year we will pretty much be able to deal with anything,” he said.