Mixed emotions for Castleford coach Powell

Castleford Tigers head coach Daryl Powell speaks to his players. Picture: MATTHEW MERRICK

Castleford Tigers head coach Daryl Powell speaks to his players. Picture: MATTHEW MERRICK

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Castleford Tigers boss Daryl Powell was left with mixed feelings after taking charge of his first game back in Super League.

While the Tigers ran in five tries and played some impressive attacking rugby their defence at times was found wanting and they lost 39-30.

“It was an interesting experience,” said Powell.

“The first half we were well off and didn’t really do what we’d talked about.

“Defensively we gave them way too many opportunities to open us up.

“But then in the second half we got to grips with our game and started to put Catalan under a fair bit of pressure.

“We got pretty close and if Daryl Clark’s try hadn’t have been ruled out it would have given us a good opportunity to win the game. The players were a bit frustrated afterwards.

“There were some positive things for us to build on, but obviously to concede 39 points is way too many.

“We scored some outstanding tries and we are working really hard to get the points that we are getting, but we are just letting the opposition over our try line a little bit too easily.

“We’ve been working hard over the last two-and-a-half weeks while I’ve been here to get stuck into the contact work and improve that. That work will continue.”

Powell praised several of his players for their performance in France.

He added: “I thought Grant Millington was very good. He came off the bench and was excellent after being out for a long while.

“Rangi Chase created some outstanding opportunities and Justin Carney finished exceptionally well.

“There were some good performances in there - Daryl Clark and the pack in the second half did a really good job.

“But we need more consistency from just everybody really and we all recognise that this is something we need to improve on.