Castleford boss: Play-off fight is more than a 2-horse race

Daryl Powell.
Daryl Powell.

Castleford Tigers boss Daryl Powell believes it has now become a three-way fight for two of the play-off places in the Super League.

With the Tigers winning both their Super Eights matches so far, St Helens losing both of theirs and Huddersfield Giants having one win and one defeat there are only two points separating the sides in third, fourth and fifth, although the points difference advantage the Giants and Saints have over Cas is effectively worth another point.

But with all three to play each other in the next few weeks it is brewing up to an exciting finish with a top four spot the aim to go into the end of season play-offs for a place in the Grand Final.

With their wins over Hull and Warrington in the last two weeks Castleford have also put some distance between themselves and the three clubs below them, but head coach Powell said it was the other direction they were looking in.

He told the Express: “We’re looking up and whether we can reel Huddersfield and St Helens in.

“Huddersfield and Saints play each other this week so it’s a great opportunity for us if we can win our game.

“The results in the last two weeks have brought St Helens right back into the fight for fourth.

“Obviously we’ve got a tough game this week and have to work hard to win that, but it’s becoming potentially more than a two-horse race for that fourth spot.

“Saints have just got rattled a little bit. They lost the cup game then had a couple of poor performances. It’s a little bit surprising, but it’s the pressure of it all I suppose and they’ve got quite a few young players in there.

“They are there to be attacked, but obviously we’ve got to win games consistently to give us a chance to do that.

“We have Huddersfield and Saints still to play, but we’re not thinking too much about them yet.

“If we can chalk two points up from this week’s game then it puts us into a game against Huddersfield in great shape, but we have got to take one game at a time and we’ll focus on Catalans first and see where we’re at after that.”