Powell pleased with Castleford Tigers’ attacking threat

Castleford Tigers head coach Daryl Powell chats with Sheffield Eagles' Mark Aston before last Sunday's cup tie.
Castleford Tigers head coach Daryl Powell chats with Sheffield Eagles' Mark Aston before last Sunday's cup tie.

While he described some of the defending as sloppy Castleford Tigers head coach Daryl Powell was delighted with the attacking threat shown by his team again in their 60-16 demolition of top Championship side Sheffield Eagles in the fifth round of the Tetley’s Challenge Cup.

The Tigers crossed for 12 tries in total - eight in the first 40 minutes - as they ran up their second half century of the season and made it 275 points scored in their last six matches.

“We’ve got some quality players who can do some special things with the ball so we’ve generally been able to score points this year and we were able to do it again,” said Powell.

“I thought Sheffield were great and they really challenged us with some tricky stuff. But I thought we were good when we needed to be.

“There was a big chunk of the first half where we took the game away from them. We were a little bit sloppy in the second half, but it is job done, and that is the main thing.”

Powell had words or praise for several of his individual stars in the Sheffield game.

He added: “Oliver Holmes had a good game, he was strong.

“He has been playing really well. Defensively he’s been really outstanding. He really hits underneath the ball and he punishes people who run straight at him. Even Masoe when he ran at him he was pretty tough on him the other week.

“Then with the ball he ran some great lines against Sheffield and I thought he looked really quick when he finished off his try from about 50 metres out.

“The full-back never looked like reeling him in and Togage is pretty quick so it was pleasing to see him open up in the way he did.

“He benefited from having a game off and so did Justin Carney. He is one of those players who every now and again his body needs a bit of a breather.

“He’s proven a try scorer and he got over four times again at the weekend. He’s a fantastic finisher, one-on-one close to the try line you know who you are going to back.

“At half-back Jamie Ellis did well. He has come into the team and is playing really well.

“He has a lot of quality in what he does with the ball. He’s pretty sharp and is a real threat consistently.

“He’s really fitted in neatly and some of the things he did with the ball, as he did against Warrington, were very, very good.

“He’s added to the competition at half-back and we’ve competition across the field.

“The competition for places has pretty much done what I expected it to do.

“There’s people working hard to get in the team or stay in the team on a consistent basis.”