Wounded Warrington still pose significant threat for Castleford Tigers, insists Daryl Powell

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TOP AGAINST third from bottom looks like a safe two points, but Castleford Tigers coach Daryl Powell is wary of Sunday’s game at the Jungle being the one that turns Warrington Wolves’ season around.

Warrington – last year’s league leaders and runners-up in both major finals – have won only five of their 17 Betfred Super League fixtures so far.

But Powell pointed to their performance in the World Club Series at the start of the season as an example of how how dangerous they can be, and he warned: “They made two errors all game and blew Brisbane away.

“They can do that. They haven’t been consistent, but things can change so quickly. It only takes a click of the fingers and a switch and everybody having a good day and your team comes up with an outstanding performance.

“We won’t be looking at anything other than this is going to be their best performance. We’ve had a good look at individual players and the way they play and we need to stop them doing what they do best.”

Despite his caution, Powell reckons Tigers will maintain their 100 per cent home record if they get their game right. He said: “First and foremost it is us and making sure we are where we need to be.

Kieran Gill, who will be out of action until next March.

Kieran Gill, who will be out of action until next March.

“The pleasing thing for me is we always look like a team. I think that’s what’s been most impressive about us.

“Last week we weren’t at our best and our attacking game wasn’t what it normally is, but the togetherness as a team stands out.

“We are going to need that moving forward. They key thing for me over the last four or five weeks has been the battles we’ve got into and come out the other side with wins. That’s a good sign, when you are not at your best, but you are still winning. This will be a tough game for us and it’s important we start well.

“We always talk about starting well and it’s important this week we get under their skin and grow our mentality.

They haven’t been consistent, but things can change so quickly. It only takes a click of the fingers and a switch and everybody having a good day and your team comes up with an outstanding performance.

Castleford Tigers’ coach, Daryl Powell

“We know when we do that we are tough to beat.”

Meanwhile, Powell expects young winger Kieran Gill to be out of action until next March after suffering an anterior cruciate knee ligament injury in his debut in last weekend’s win over St Helens.

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