Castleford Tigers: Powell: Cas need to be quick out of blocks

Ryan Boyle.
Ryan Boyle.
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CASTLEFORD TIGERS will be aiming to go up a level when they play host to Warrington Wolves tonight.

Tigers have an opportunity to make it two wins from two in the First Utility Super-8s, climb into the all-important fourth spot on the table and avenge a 44-6 home drubbing by Warrington less than three weeks ago.

Tigers got their Super-8s campaign off to a good start with a 36-30 victory against Hull last Friday, but boss Daryl Powell believes they will need to play better this evening.

Powell said: “We started poorly last week, we were 12-0 down before we got the ball.

“We need to start well this week, which we didn’t do last time against Warrington.

“We just need to play a bit better and a bit more consistently across the game.

“We did a lot of good things last week, but there’s still a fair bit more in us and we’re looking to step up to another level against Warrington.”

The result in the sides’ last meeting will give Tigers added incentive, according to Powell.

“Certainly motivation-wise we’ve got a fair bit in our locker,” he said.

“We will look to utilise that, but we need to play well, that’s the big thing.

“It is a really important game for both teams and it will make it pretty tough for them (to finish in the top-four) if they lose.”

Tigers, who are fifth, are four points clear of sixth-placed Warrington and the visitors will have a mountain to climb if they don’t win tonight.

But Powell stressed: “There’s no point thinking about that. It’s just about us performing well and getting over the top of them.

“If we do that, we’ll be looking upwards. We are on level points with Huddersfield at the moment and we have got to keep winning.

“We have got to keep focused on getting better and climbing another place, but we are in a good place at the moment.

“Home games are going to be crucial and it is really important we win this one.”

Warrington will welcome back Ben Westwood after a two-match ban imposed for a high tackle on Luke Gale in the previous meeting.

The incident went unpunished at the time, sparking a war of words between Powell and opposite number Tony Smith.

“That’s all gone now,” Powell said. “A few things were said, but I’m not going to get too worried about that.

“He got what he deserved, he got a suspension and that’s it.”

Ryan Atkins (dead leg) and Ben Harrison (concussion) are also in contention for Warrington, along with Gary Wheeler. Anthony England drops out due to an elbow injury.

Tigers are without hooker Paul McShane from the team which beat Hull.

Luke Dorn, Michael Channing and Ryan Boyle are vying for a recall.

Castleford Tigers from: Roberts, Gibson, Webster, Shenton, Carney, Finn, Gale, Lynch, Milner, Millington, O Holmes, Moors, Massey, Cook, McMeeken, Springer, Boyle, Channing, Dorn.

Warrington Wolves from: Ratchford, Penny, Evans, Atkins, Monaghan, Sandow, Myler, Hill, Clark, Sims, Philbin, Currie, Westwood, G King, Wilde, Asotasi, Dwyer, Harrison, Wheeler.

Referee: Ben Thaler (Wakefield).

Kick-off: Tonight, 8pm.