Castleford boss Daryl Powell paid tribute to his players as they moved second in the First Utility Super League with a 40-6 victory over Warrington.
It came as little shock that this season’s surprise package won at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle, but the manner in which they brushed aside last season’s Grand Final runners-up served notice that their high standing in the table is no fluke.
They have now won eight matches this season – one less than they managed in the entirety of last year – and Powell admits even he is surprised by their position in the standings: “I thought we’d be good. When you put a team together and you’ve got quite a few new players in there then you don’t know how good.
“But the way the players have gone about it, it is a rightful position. It’s not by any fluke or luck, the players are putting genuine performances in. Whether I thought we’d be second I’m not sure about that, but I thought we’d be competing on a weekly basis.”
Powell added: “I thought we played some really smart stuff. Early on, Warrington just punched their noses through us a little bit and they had a little bit of ascendancy in terms of field position, but once we got a foothold in the game we were really good.
“It was a really solid, professional effort with some sprinklings of outstanding play in there, so it’s a great effort from us.”
Powell made eight changes from the side that beat Wakefield on Good Friday
“We should be starting to believe that we’ve got a genuine team here. It doesn’t matter who I put in, everybody just does their job,” said the Castleford boss, who admits he will have a selection dilemma ahead of their next fixture against Sheffield in the Challenge Cup.