There will be no over-confidence in the Castleford Tigers camp ahead of their First Utility Super League opener at Bradford Bulls, coach Daryl Powell has stressed.
Tigers begin their campaign on Sunday, February 16 – exactly two weeks after crushing Bulls 66-10 on the same ground in a pre-season trial.
“I don’t think there’ll be any complacency from us,” Powell said. “I think the risk is the motivation it gives to Bradford.
“They will certainly be up for the game and it should be a fantastic one. There’s no point us going there thinking last weekend is going to make a difference, because it won’t.
“We have got to start from scratch and make sure we get our game right.
“We obviously need to come up with a plan to get over the top of Bradford and we can’t be complacent in any way.”
Powell added: “We know it’s going to be a tough battle. We’ve seen it before where motivation shifts one way and then another.
“I thought Bradford were excellent against Hull a couple of weeks ago, so we know they can play. They will have some real threats coming back, with Jarrod Sammut and Lee Gaskill who didn’t play and Garreth Carvell up the middle. We were closer to full-strength than they were.”
Despite that, Powell was delighted with the way his team performed in their only trial game against top-flight opposition.
“It was the manner we went about our business,” he said. “ We defended really well, our attitude was great and some of our attacking plays were excellent.
“Looking at the things we’ve practiced in pre-season, the players should get a lot of confidence from what we were able to do.”
Powell said Tigers came through Sunday’s game with no serious injuries. “Craig Huby has got a bit of a calf problem, but nothing major,” Powell said.
“We came out of it pretty much unscathed.”