Castleford Tigers: Defeat is hard to take says coach Powell

Daryl Powell.
Daryl Powell.
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Castleford coach Daryl Powell felt his side’s 13-12 defeat at Catalans Dragons on Saturday was tough to take.

“I thought we deserved something out of the game to be honest,” he said.

“In the second half, we couldn’t quite get our game together, which was disappointing. We weren’t the smartest team of footballers out there today as a team but we certainly were one of the most committed.”

Powell felt his side should have taken advantage when Catalans were reduced to 11 men following a fracas that saw Olivier Elima and Eloi Pelissier and Castleford centre Jake Webster sent to the sin bin.

The Tigers were winning 6-0 before the incident but Escare’s converted try and a penalty from Dureau put the Dragons ahead before the yellow-carded trio returned to action.

“I thought we were great in lots of ways but just lost our composure at the key moment within the game, especially when Catalans were down to 11 men,” Powell added.

“We should have come out of that in front and as it happened, we came out of that two points behind.”

Catalans Dragons coach Laurent Frayssinous paid tribute to the returning Scott Dureau. He said: “Scotty has had a tough last two years, he has come back and said to me that he wants to repay the club,” Frayssinous said.

“He has shown how tough he is as a person, he has come back from a lot of adversity and shown character to perform like that.

“He can still be better, but that was very pleasing from him.”

“The players dug really deep today to come back and get the two points.”