Castleford Tigers boss Daryl Powell has urged his players to build on their Magic Weekend mauling of Wakefield Wildcats.
Head coach Powell was full of praise for the way the Tigers played at Newcastle and believes the 56-16 result should give the players confidence for a game he sees as huge tonight when Cas travel to Hull KR.
He told the Express: “You’d like to think the performance against Wakefield will give us a boost.
“There was an edge to the team. We had an outstanding week from a practice point of view. The boys looked really sharp and we did a lot of practice defensively which the players carried into the game.
“It was a confident win and we’re looking to build on it.
“We’ve started a new block of games and we’ve reset our goals looking forward. We want to maintain our standards and our energy going into this game.
“It’s an absolute key game. That one was last week and this is as well. We are just looking to get our performance right and the rest will take care of itself.
“We’ve lost a few games recently, but we’ve been working hard and competing and if we can just tidy up little bits in our game we look a good side.”
Powell is expecting to be up against a highly motivated Hull KR side after they lost to city rivals Hull FC at Magic weekend and were well beaten at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle just after Easter.
He said: “It’s important we recognise they are going to be looking for a response after their defeat last week.
“They got that a few weeks back when they came back against Wigan to beat them in the cup after a loss.
“They had a lot of motivation in that game and I think it will be the same on Friday, it will be tough.
“But I think it really is about us and our standards. I’m confident we can win any game and beat anybody when we are playing where we need to with our standards. We just need that on a consistent basis.
“I’ve said it all along that the teams that finds consistency in their efforts over the coming weeks are going to be the ones getting into the top eight.
“We want to be one of those and we’ve got to show that desperation every week to make sure that we are.
“It was a good display from us against Hull KR at Castleford. We looked highly motivated that day. There was a lot of energy, a lot of desire defensively and it was one of our better performances. Something similar would be good.
“We recognise away from home at Hull KR it’s always pretty tough, but it doesn’t matter which ground you play at, it’s about just turning up with the right attitude and the right control in your game.
“We spoke about those two words before the game last week and we need those two components in our game again.”