ATTITUDE IS all-important for Castleford Tigers as they aim to get their season on track.
Boss Daryl Powell is looking for a big improvement in his team’s game-management when they take on Catalans Dragons in Perpignan tomorrow.
Powell feels Castleford should be in France on the back of a First Utility Super League round one victory, but they let a 22-6 lead slip in last Sunday’s derby against Wakefield Trinity Wildcats, going down 24-22.
“Going to Catalans has always been tough, but this is an important game for us,” Powell said.
“We came up empty at the weekend – ridiculously, to be honest.
“All games are important, but you want to get off the mark as soon as you can and after last week we need to do that pretty quickly.”
Powell reckons Tigers played well enough to win their opening game, but an inability to ram their advantage home and shut the match out proved costly.
“There were a lot of positives last week, but ultimately we threw the game away,” he said.
“We can’t afford to do that too often this year.
“For large parts of the game we were on top. We created opportunities, but they defended stoically to keep us out and ultimately we folded at the back end of the game.
“We gave Wakefield a reason to keep going when we should have shut them out.
“Most of the tries we conceded were pretty soft and the way we fell away when we had complete control of the game was disappointing. That is a mentality thing.”
Five months ago Castleford travelled to Perpignan knowing victory in their final game of the regular season would see them crowned league leaders, but were out-played 28-6 – a result which shoved them down to fourth spot on the table.
“It’s a different situation now,” Powell said. “We are a different team and they are slightly different as well, with different systems.
“Conditions are more suited to English teams at this time of year and we are in a different place energy-wise.
“We should have plenty of energy, so we’re going there with a bit of confidence. We have got to build on the positives from last week.”
Catalans are also looking for their first win after an 18-7 defeat at St Helens last Friday, when they lost centre Willie Tonga to injury in the opening seconds and were without star stand-off Todd Carney.
Prop-forward Remi Casty will miss tomorrow due to a broken hand, but Powell is not interested in Catalans’ problems.
“We have got to focus on ourselves and get our game where it needs to be,” he said.