Castleford Tigers finally show their true colours warns delighted coach Powell

Cas coach, Daryl Powell.
Cas coach, Daryl Powell.
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DARYL POWELL says people are now beginning to see what his 2018 Castleford Tigers side are potentially capable of.

They delivered their best win of the season yesterday with a ruthless 41-0 destruction of Super League’s bottom club Catalans Dragons.

Liam Watts was just one of many players who made a big impression against Catalans Dragons, according to coach Daryl Powell. PIC: James Hardisty

Liam Watts was just one of many players who made a big impression against Catalans Dragons, according to coach Daryl Powell. PIC: James Hardisty

It was their biggest-ever victory over the French side and a further sign that last season’s beaten Grand Finalists are finding some real cohesion.

England scrum-half Luke Gale kicked superbly to set them in motion and Powell admitted: “Luke Gale’s kicking well at the moment.

“He and Ben Roberts controlled the game.

“That’s the best Benny Roberts has played this season and we defended superbly.

Catalans Dragons coach, Steve McNamara, admitted his side took a huge step backwards at The Jungle on Sunday.

Catalans Dragons coach, Steve McNamara, admitted his side took a huge step backwards at The Jungle on Sunday.

“It’s always pleasing to keep a side out completely.

“ Defensively the right edge was superb, led by the way Jake Webster defended.

“Everyone had a big impact off the bench as well. The pack was going well anyway and Liam Watts did a great job playing almost the whole first half.

“But then everyone who came made an impact.

“We are starting to see light at the end of the tunnel as to what the team can become because every season is different.”

Catalans coach Steve McNamara was left bemoaning a wretched display from his team.

They have just two wins all year and – after blowing a 21-0 lead against Wigan the week before – never even got going at Wheldon Road in an alarming display.

“It’s clearly disappointing and that performance was unacceptable,” said the former Bradford Bulls and England coach. We’ve made some big strides the last couple of weeks but that was a huge step backwards for us.

“We conceded five tries off kicks which tells you in the small areas of the game – the little effort areas – weren’t there for us for whatever reason. Cas did a great job on us at the start of the match and Luke Gale put in an array of different kicks.

“I know that’s an area of their game they’ve been working on and improving their second half, too, and we saw that.

“But it wasn’t good enough from us. Physically we weren’t there.”

Michael Shenton in action against Catalan Dragons.

Castleford Tigers coach Powell happy his side are clicking into gear

Two-try Oliver Holmes, of Castleford Tigers, is tackled by Mickael Simon, of Catalans Dragons. PIC: James Hardisty

Castleford Tigers 41 Catalans Dragons 0: Shambolic Dragons blown away by sure-footed Gale