HIGH-FLYING CASTLEFORD Tigers are benefiting now from last year’s injury crisis, coach Daryl Powell says.
Tigers’ 16-12 win over St Helens three days ago opened a four-point gap at the top of Betfred Super League.
Cas were without a host of senior players, who were either injured or rested, but Powell reckons the against-the-odds triumph highlighted the spirit and depth in their squad.
“The team spirit is exceptionally strong,” Powell said.
“There’s a real belief that we’ve got something going for us this year and we are going to be a tough side to beat, no matter who takes the field.
“I think some of that has come from last year.
“We had 13 players missing at times and people like Tom Holmes, Will Maher and Greg Minikin, for example, were playing in that period when it was tough for us.
“That has carried over to this year. There is a real depth of belief and what happened on Sunday – the way we played and how hard we had to work to win the game – can only enhance it.”
Powell added: “We kept turning up for each other and when you’ve got a team that never knows when it’s beaten, you’ve got a very dangerous team indeed.
“You might have said we couldn’t do that in the past, but not any more.
“We’ve been through some tough battles and come out on top, which is great.”