Salford Red Devils v Castleford Tigers: Daryl Powell’s targeting five wins in the Super-8s

Daryl Powell.
Daryl Powell.
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CASTLEFORD TIGERS are aiming to win at least five of their six remaining Betfred Super-8s fixtures, coach Daryl Powell has revealed.

They travel to Salford Red Devils tonight looking to bounce back from a shock 26-12 home loss to St Helens in their opening fixture eight days ago.

“It is obviously a big game for us, but they are all big games at this time of year,” Powell said of tonight’s clash.

“We are just looking to improve.

“In the Super-8s last year we won five out of seven and we are looking to do something similar this year.”

Powell described the players’ response to last week’s disappointment as “really good” and he expects them to bounce back tonight.

He said: “We’ve looked at some of the areas we were a little bit off the pace with.

“When you do lose you learn a lot about yourselves as a coaching staff and the way you’ve gone about the period around the game.

“We had a week off before so you learn some things about that and you learn some things about your performance levels.

“We’ve been winning consistently for a number of weeks in Super League so at some time you are going to get beaten.

“I think we’ll learn a lot from it and we look forward to the challenges ahead.

“There’s some tough ones, but we’re a good side, we just need to fix a couple of things up and we’ll be fine.

“There’s some things we need to improve, some of the things we’re normally really good at.

“Some of our system things let us down, but we just look to kick on.”

Salford were the first team to beat Tigers this year, but have lost their last five league and cup games.

According to Powell, that makes them more dangerous.

“I think we’re facing a team that’s desperate,” he said.

“It showed with St Helens that they were desperate to win and I think Salford will be the same.

“They’ve had some losses recently, but they’ve been in the battle in most games.

“They are battling hard and have got good players.

“I see them as a really good side, but we just need to get back to our standards in certain areas and we need to play well.”

Meanwhile, Samoan forward Junior Moors, who could return from injury against Wakefield next week, has signed a one-year contract extension until the end of 2020.