Castleford Tigers: Powell defends side’s potential to turn tables on Rhinos

Daryl Powell. PIC: Matthew Merrick
Daryl Powell. PIC: Matthew Merrick
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CASTLEFORD TIGERS coach Daryl Powell is confident tonight could be the time he gets a first win over his previous club Leeds Rhinos.

Tigers are sixth in First Utility Super League, seven points behind tonight’s table-topping hosts, but have won their last two games and Powell is upbeat about his team’s form.

“In general, I think we’ve been performing pretty well,” said Powell, who played in Leeds’ 1999 Challenge Cup-winning side and coached them from 2001-2003.

“We’re looking for a bit more consistency in games, but there’s a toughness about us at the moment that I really like.

“I think we are looking good and we’re in good form.

The Tigers head coach added: “The boys have been working hard, there’s a good spirit about them and we have every reason to look forward to the challenge.”

Rhinos are the only side to have scored more than 500 points so far this year and Powell knows his men will have to be at their best defensively.

“They are an outstanding team with quality all over the field,” he said of tonight’s opponents.

“We have got to give ourselves a chance by being tough defensively.

“They will throw a lot at us, but hopefully we will be good enough to really challenge them.”