Castleford Tigers put Leeds Rhinos drubbing behind them - Coach Daryl Powell insists Challenge Cup semi-final against Warrington Wolves is all that matters now
Castleford Tigers haven’t bothered reviewing last week’s record home loss to Leeds Rhinos.
Coach Daryl Powell expects to field a much changed side in Saturday’s Betfred Challenge Cup semi-final against Warrington Wolves - and is confident his team will be a totally different proposition to the one beaten eight days earlier.
Tiges conceded 11 tries against Leeds - after opening the scoring - and Powell said there was nothing to be gained by dwelling on that disastrous 80 minutes.
Summing up Tigers’ approach to Saturday’s tie at Leigh, which is Castleford’s first Cup semi-final since 2014, Powell said: “This is a new competition and a new week.
“We are looking forward to what is a great challenge for us - and a great opportunity.”
The result against Leeds was Tigers’ third successive defeat, but Powell insisted those losses have been put to bad.
He insisted: “We haven’t reviewed [last week’s] game, I said that straight afterwards.
“I just felt there would be no point, just move on to Warrington, so that’s what we’ve done.
“We’ve played Warrington twice and I asked the players who didn’t play last week to build a plan around what we’ve done against them before, both with and without the ball.
“We had a bit of a lead-in from that perspective and they have delivered that pretty eloquently over the first part of the week.”
Powell added: “If we’d tried going through it on Monday, we’d still have been depressed on Tuesday.
“I just thought we are moving on and we are going to crack on with what we’ve got to do this weekend, which is clearly the most important thing that’s in front of us at the moment.”
Tigers outplayed Warrington in Super League round one, winning 21-12 on neutral ground at Emerald Headingley and, with a makeshift team, gave a good account of themselves for most of a 38-14 away loss two weeks ago.
Powell is adamant nothing Warrington - the club he will join this autumn - do will surprise him or his players and reckons recent meetings between the clubs will count for nothing.
“We’ve had a lot of close battles with Warrington over the last few years,” Powell recalled.
“We won the game in round one and I thought we were pretty strong for a large part of the round seven game, when it just got away from us a bit too much at the end.
“None of that matters now, it is about this game in front of us and we know exactly what we’ve got to do - 100 per cent.
“We know everything about Warrington.
“They are a class side, we know what they are going to do and how dangerous they can be, the players and the way they play.
“We have got to play our best game and then it’s down to the team that can deliver their best on the day.
“We’ve got to make sure our performance does that.”