Castleford Tigers: Powell can see progress despite missing out on silverware

Daryl Powell
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BOSS DARYL Powell feels Castleford Tigers have had a “pretty good season”.

Tigers will travel to Leeds Rhinos tonight with nothing to play for on the First Utility Super-8s table, but Powell believes they have acquitted themselves well after a big turnover of players last winter.

“Obviously we’re not going to win anything and we haven’t been to any finals,” he said.

“But we’ve stabilised the club and the team and we’ve challenged every team we’ve played against. The only team we haven’t beaten is Huddersfield and I think we’ve been unfortunate on a couple of occasions with some of the decisions that have gone against us.

“We’ve been in a challenging position without being able to kick on, but I think we’ve learned some real lessons,” he said.

Three successive defeats – to Catalans Dragons, Huddersfield and St Helens – have cost Tigers a top-four spot, but Powell wants to see them finish on a high.

“We haven’t quite been able to get the job done,” he admitted.

“We’ve scored enough points, but we’ve been too leaky.

“We’ve had a chance and it has slipped away from us, but there’s still a lot to play for.

“The players have got a fair bit of pride about them and we have got a good opportunity to finish fifth. We are in a good spot and it’s important we continue to play well.

“We can’t put the cue on the rack, it’s crucial we maintain our standards and I’m confident we will do that,” saidthe former Leeds boss.