Castleford coach confident in his team despite early setbacks

Daryl Powell.

Daryl Powell.

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Despite defeats in their first two games Castleford Tigers boss Daryl Powell believes his team are not far away from showing they can be a real force in 2015.

The Tigers stand without a point so far, but were only beaten by two in their opening game against Wakefield and by just one away to Catalans Dragons.

In both games they led for a long period only to be edged out and head coach Powell reckons there has been good signs although the results have been disappointing.

He told the Express: “I think we’ve got a real team on our hands, it’s just coaxing and getting the best out of everybody and coming up with the individual and collective efforts to improve what we’re doing. But I’m confident it’s there.

“We’re hopefully going to click into gear soon and we’ll know we’re a pretty good team.

“We came out of the Catalans game okay thankfully injury-wise and we’ve got some players back this week.

“Matt Cook will stiffen us up in the forwards and Luke Dorn is available as well so I’m starting to have some selection headaches.

“Jordan Tansey’s been playing well so it’s starting to come to the time when I might have some tough decisions to make.

“I thought Liam Finn played well again when he came on against Catalans.

“I’ve got some big decisions to make in the coming weeks and that’s why I’m after the players really driving the standards.”

Powell said last week’s Wakefield Council decision to grant outline planning approval for a new stadium had given everyone at the club a boost.

He added: “It’s really good news for us.

“Everybody was waiting for that day to get positive news and it came.

“There’s a little bit of a way to go yet, but hopefully it will get the go-ahead it needs and the club can really drive towards a massively positive future.

“It’s given everybody a lift, but for the players it’s a long way away really so they are focusing on what they need to focus on at the minute and that’s winning a game, which is really important.

“It’s crucial we get a performance on Friday that will hopefully get us the result.

“Obviously it’s a very tough place to go and they will be highly motivated, but we’ve just got to take that out of the equation and make sure we focus on us and what we’re capable of.

“If we get that right we’re a tough side to beat.”