Castleford Tigers: Powell warns Tigers to be ‘on the money’ to bank points against Leeds

Castleford coach Daryl Powell.
Castleford coach Daryl Powell.
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CASTLEFORD TIGERS “need to be on it” to beat visitors Leeds Rhinos in tomorrow’s Good Friday derby, their coach Daryl Powell says.

Improving Tigers have won their last three home matches and Powell said: “We are getting there.

“We’ve tidied a few things up, but I don’t think we have hit our straps yet, to be honest. We are doing a lot of things well, but not consistently enough.

“It is just a case of putting it all together and being a bit more consistent.

“We need to do that against Leeds, because they are playing with a fair bit of confidence. Even if they get rattled they tend to stick at it and fix it up in the game, so we need to be on it to beat then.”

Powell has yet to record a win against the club he coached from 2001-2003. He added: “These games are always great.

“I played in a few for Leeds and they were always tough, especially going to Cas.

“It promises to be a pretty interesting game. We played them three times last year and they were all pretty close, but we didn’t win any of them.

“We weren’t that far away – though the (Challenge Cup) final got away from us a bit – and we are really looking forward to it.”

Rhinos are top of First Utility Super League, with six wins from the opening seven rounds, and Powell observed: “They are littered with good players.

“At times it is difficult trying to pick how they are going to play.

“They have got speed and technique, so they are really difficult to play against.”