TWELVE POINTS from their opening dozen games is a fair reflection of Castleford Tigers’ season so far, according to coach Daryl Powell.
Tigers began First Utility Super League round 13 in sixth place on the table, outside the top-four on for and against, but just two points clear of ninth spot.
Cas take on visitors Catalans Dragons tomorrow and Powell said his focus is on a better performance after recent disappointing displays.
“We’re just looking to improve,” he stressed. “I think we’re in a good position going into the second half of the season; we could be a little bit better, but where we’re at is probably a fair reflection.
“We’ve just got to get on with it and crack on.”
Hooker Scott Moore – who is set to get extended game time tomorrow as Adam Milner serves a one-game ban – has a similar view.
“It’s important we put in a good performance,” said the former England man. “The last two weeks we’ve been pretty poor.
“Widnes speaks for itself and last week, at Salford, I don’t think we were that good again.
“We might have come out of the right side of the game, but we were little disappointed.
“This week is chance to kick on and play well.
“Catalans are a big set and will come here to try and bully us, nothing new really – we know what to expect from them so we have to concentrate on ourselves, play our game and the performance is more important than the result I think.
“If we play to our potential we’ll be fine, but if we put in lacklustre performance like we have done they will turn us over.”
Moore, who joined Tigers in the off-season from London Broncos, described his form this year as “not amazing, but not rubbish, just average” and he added: “Playing here is a little bit different to the way other teams play.
“We’re really shifty and more expansive, not really a team for your No 9s to flourish, I don’t think.
“I’ve just been playing well and getting on with my job. As long we keep winning I’m not bothered about my performance, it isn’t really relevant.”
Tigers will be much-changed from the side which won narrowly at Salford last week.
Milner is suspended, James Clare has been dual-registered with York City Knights and Lee Jewitt and Junior Moors also drop out.
Ryan Bailey is in contention to make his debut, Frankie Mariano and Denny Solomona could return from injury and Liam Finn, Michael Channing and Ryan Boyle are also in contention for a recall.
Catalans are without star Australian stand-off Todd Carney, but Scott Dureau could return in his place. Willie Tonga and Louis Anderson are also set to feature.
Castleford Tigers: from Tansey, Solomona, Gibson, Shenton, Robson, Roberts, Gale, Lynch, Moore, Wheeldon, Holmes, Millington, Massey, Maher, Bailey, Boyle, Mariano, Finn, Channing.
Catalans Dragons: from Escare, Oldfield, Cardace, Pala, Yaha, Dureau, Bosc, Elima, Henderson, Casty, Taia, Whitehead, Baitieri, Pelissier, Garcia, Bousquet, Springer, Tonga, Anderson.
Referee: Robert Hicks.
Kick-off: Tomorrow, 3.30pm.