Castleford out to end run of poor results at Huddersfield

Luke Gale on the attack in Castleford Tigers's home game with Huddersfield Giants this season.
Luke Gale on the attack in Castleford Tigers's home game with Huddersfield Giants this season.

Castleford Tigers must end their poor recent record at the John Smith’s Stadium if they are to get their bid for a top four place back on track.

Head coach Daryl Powell does not need reminding that his side has struggled in away games with Huddersfield Giants and lost twice on the ground last year and he reckons it will be another tough challenge for his players this time, despite the hosts’ lowly league position.

He said: “We’ve found life pretty tough over there since I’ve been at the club.

“We need to go there with a real tough mindset and go there with an energy about us.

“We are confident in how we are playing at the moment, but they throw a fair bit at you and they have a couple of smart half-backs in Brough and Ellis.

“They are good all over the field so it will be a tough challenge for us.

“They are another team who have been up and down. They’ve had a couple of good wins recently and looked really good against St Helens, but then were disappointed that they were 16-0 up and lost against Widnes.

“They are pretty desperate at the moment, they want to get in the top eight and the games are counting down.

“We know we are playing against a team with a lot at stake and I think everybody we are playing against in the next month are desperate teams.

“Huddersfield have got some players back and their new signing, Sebastine Ikahihifo, looks explosive. It looks like they’ve got a good new signing there and he looks a handful.

“They’ve got Craig Huby and Daniel Smith injured, but apart from that they are full strength.”

Castleford have Nathan Massey and Joel Monaghan available after they missed the Wigan game through injury and illness. But Larne Patrick cannot play as part of the loan deal between the clubs.

They are looking to do the double over the Giants, but will have to defend stronger than in the home game according to Powell.

He added: “It was a real high scoring game when we met at our place and could have gone either way.

“It was one of those tight games we managed to get out of, but we’ll need to defend better than we did that day.

“We caused them some trouble when we had the ball and we will be looking to do that again, while being a bit meaner defensively.”