Castleford coach pleased with defensive improvements

Daryl Powell
Daryl Powell

Castleford Tigers head coach Daryl Powell has praised his players for showing a marked improvement in defence in recent weeks.

The Tigers conceded just one try in their 18-4 win at Wigan and although they let in 28 points the week before against Hull there were long periods in that game when they defended their line strongly.

Powell is pleased with the way the players are knuckling down in training and the rewards are beginning to come with back to back victories for the first time this year ahead of this Sunday’s clash with St Helens.

He said: “The players’ improvement over recent weeks, particularly defensively, has been massively pleasing.

“To nil Wigan in a full half of football is a significant effort.

“Teams having to work hard for their points against us is something we want to get more consistent at.”

Powell was able to reflect on a job well done at Wigan and wants a repeat show of impressive attitude and commitment back at home to St Helens.

He added: “It was the most solid performance since I came in.

“There were over 80 per cent completions on a tough night from a weather point of view, which is a significant effort.

“We scored two quality tries and one from a kick and I thought the control in our game was excellent.

“We lost our way a little bit in the second half, but on the back of us not kicking too great we defended really well.

“If you can do that you then feel comfortable you can express yourself with the ball because you know your defence can cover up for any frailties you might have.”