Magic Weekend: Powell talks up Tigers as Dickens labels Wildcats ‘not good enough’

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YESTERDAY’S 56-16 drubbing of Wakefield Trinity Wildcats could be a turning point in Castleford Tigers’ season, coach Daryl Powell believes.

Castleford led by only six points – 22-16 – at the break, but ran in 34 unanswered points in a dazzling attacking display after the break.

It was Tigers’ first win in four matches and Powell reflected: “I was really pleased with the final result.

“I thought we started the game outstandingly well and our second half was excellent, after a scratchy start.”

He added: “For large parts of the game we were well on top and there were some really pleasing elements to our performance.”

Tigers lost both hookers, with Scott Moore suffering concussion in the opening minutes and Adam Milner going off with a broken nose after half-time.

Powell praised Grant Millington for filling in at stand-off, when Liam Finn switched to hooker and also hailed Ryan Boyle, Junior Moors and Mike McMeeken for their contribution.

In contrast, caretaker-boss Stuart Dickens was scathing about the Wakefield performance.

He said: “We didn’t start particularly well, but we managed to get a foothold in the game.

“But to call the second half poor would be flattering.

“It was 34-0 in the second half and that is unacceptable for Super League standard.

“Missing one-on-one tackles, dropping balls and not doing your job at marker isn’t down to a lack of confidence.

“The players just weren’t good enough.”

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