Castleford Tigers: Powell puts ‘perfect plan’ into action for Dragons test

Daryl Powell
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CASTLEFORD TIGERS boss Daryl Powell reckons tomorrow is the perfect time to break his Catalans duck.

Tigers are fifth in the First Utility Super-8s table and duelling with Huddersfield Giants for the fourth and final play-offs spot.

That means every game is a must-win, but Catalans have lost just twice at home this season, to Leeds Rhinos and Huddersfield and Powell knows from experience how tough tomorrow’s task will be.

“While I’ve been at the club we’ve been there three times and we haven’t won yet,” Powell said.

“We’ve been close a couple of times and hopefully we can get them this time.”

With only points difference separating Giants and Tigers ahead of this weekend’s fixtures, Powell admits tomorrow is crucial.

But he stressed: “I’ve been saying that all year, every single game has been pretty important.

“There was the top-eight and now there’s the top-four. We’ve got ourselves in a good spot, but this one is pretty important for us and we have got to go there and play well.

“We are confident and we are in a bit of a groove at the moment. We’ve won a couple of tight games and we still feel there’s more to come.

“We are learning how to play the situation well and play the conditions well. I heard people talking about how our performance last week [in the 17-16 victory over Warrington] wasn’t great, but I disagree.

“The conditions were tough and we played accordingly.”

Liam Finn’s last-gasp drop goal saw off Warrington after the visitors had hit back from 16-4 down in the last 10 minutes.

Powell said the ability to battle through close games and win late on could be vital for his side in their bid to reach and win the Grand Final.

“We have got some patience about us,” he said. “If things don’t quite go right or the other team defends well, we have got a bit of composure and at this time of the year that is absolutely key.

“It is a good quality to have.”

Tigers will be flying to and from Perpignan on the day and Powell added: “It’s the first time we’ve done that, but Leeds have done it consistently and it has worked okay for them.

“Hopefully it will be good preparation for us – we have put a lot of thought into it this week.”