Castleford Tigers coach Powell makes strong case for his '˜durable' defence

BOSS DARYL Powell reckons Castleford Tigers are better prepared for a title push now than they were a year ago.

Wednesday, 12th September 2018, 6:00 pm
Daryl Powell. Picture: Bruce Rollinson

Tigers topped Betfred Super League in 2017, but needed a late equalising penalty and then sudden-death extra-time to win a home play-off against St Helens before Leeds Rhinos dashed their hopes at Old Trafford.

Powell’s side have already secured their semi-final place ahead of tomorrow’s visit of Huddersfield Giants in the Super-8s and he said: “I think we’ve learned some lessons from the way we played in the Grand Final – and on not getting rattled by the way a team plays against us.

“If they get the ascendancy we have some durability about us at the moment when we’re having to defend.”

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The coach expects Tigers’ improved defence to be tested tomorrow. Giants are out of the running for the top four, but won 32-16 when they visited the Jungle in July.

“It’s an opportunity for us to keep improving,” Powell said of tomorrow’s game.

“We defended outstandingly well [at Hull] last week and we need to do that again against Huddersfield. They caused us a lot of trouble when they played here the other week and we’re going to need to improve on that performance, but I think our last three performances, particularly defensively, have been good.

“There is a real aggression about our defensive effort and we’re in a good place.”