Castleford Tigers: It’s all about consistency now, admits coach Powell

Daryl Powell.
Daryl Powell.
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UPBEAT BOSS Daryl Powell wants Castleford Tigers to climb off the rollercoaster.

Tigers have been up and down in First Utility Super League this year, but Powell reckons they have the potential to be a “really good side” once they can find some consistency.

Castleford will have played all their Super League rivals after tomorrow’s game at lowly Widnes Vikings.

They started the campaign with three losses, but have won five of their last seven matches in a run which lifted them to sixth in the table at the start of the current round 11.

“Where we are in the table doesn’t matter too much,” Powell said.

“We’d rather be in the top-eight than not, but I actually think we should be higher up the table than we are.

“We lost some games we could and should have won early on, but we’ve got to stay consistent.

“I think we have a chance of being a really good side this year, but we have got to keep working hard and keep working on our consistency.”

Powell wants to see his men make better use of their chances tomorrow.

“Our attacking game can get better,” he accepted.

“Last week (a 25-4 win over Hull KR) we didn’t get over the line as many times as our dominance deserved.

“We were only about 50 metres down on what Warrington did (in their 80-0 win) against Wakefield.

“We made 1,700 metres, so our yardage was outstanding. Hull KR missed more tackles than Wakefield did, we just couldn’t get over the line.”

Widnes’ artificial pitch is famous for producing high scoring games, but Powell said: “We are defending well.

“We have still missed the least amount of tackles in Super League and we’re nearly half way through, so I’m happy with that. Our attitude and commitment is first class and that gives us an opportunity to win games if we’re not at our best.

“I feel like we are getting there week by week and if we can keep our defence like it is, we have a chance of winning games consistently.” Widnes are second from bottom in the table, with just three wins, but Powell warned: “They are a good side.

“When Kevin Brown ticks he is the guy causing teams a lot of trouble. They have got some smart players, like Lloyd White and Rhys Hanbury, so we have got to defend well and look for consistency.

“We’ve had a couple of good performances and we need to keep backing it up.”

Tigers are without leading try scorer Justin Carney, who will be sidelined for up to six weeks after suffering a dislocated elbow last week. James Clare will take over and Steve Crossley and Liam Finn are also hoping for a recall.

Widnes are set to welcome back former Castleford second rower Willie Isa from a two-month lay-off with a knee injury while prop Gil Dudson, loose forward Magraff Leuluai and threequarter Dec Hulme are also back in the reckoning.

Widnes Vikings from: Ah Van, Brown, Dean, Dudson, Galea, Gerrard, Hanbury, Heremaia, Hulme, Isa, Joseph, Leuluai, Manuokafoa, Marsh, Mellor, O’Carroll, Owens, Phelps, White.

Castleford Tigers from: Tansey, Gibson, Channing, Shenton, Clare, Roberts, Gale, Lynch, Moore, Wheeldon, Holmes, Mariano, Massey, Milner, Millington, Jewitt, Boyle, Finn, Crossley.

Referee: James Child.

Kick-off: Tomorrow, 3pm.