Castleford Tigers will aim to build on their stunning 42-14 victory over Wigan when they visit Huddersfield Giants in tonight’s televised Super League game.
After bagging their first points of the season, the Tigers face a Giants side that has made an identical start to them with one win from four games.
Tigers coach Daryl Powell expects a tough test against Huddersfield who got off the mark by beating Widnes Vikings last Friday and whose line-up is set to include Craig Huby and Jamie Ellis, two close-season signings from Castleford.
“It will be an interesting game. There are lots of little bits that will dictate whether it is won or lost for us but for me it’s just about us playing well,” said Powell.
“If we perform well we are pretty confident we are a tough side to beat.
“Huddersfield have had a similar start to us. They are a good side with a lot of quality players and they challenge you all over the field. It will certainly be a tough game for us.
“For a number of years, Huddersfield have had one of the biggest packs in the competition. Danny Brough is a huge player for them and his kicking game is obviously very good. Jamie Ellis is playing well for them so the half-backs are going good and Craig Huby knows a fair bit about us.”
Powell was delighted with his side’s first win of the season against Wigan and he believes the team’s new recruits are now hitting form.
“I thought it was a really important win for us after the first three games didn’t quite go our way,” he added.
“It was a big weight lifted off the players’ minds and it has allowed them to relax a bit. There were a few smiles this week in training.”
“It took a little bit longer than I expected for some of the new players to gel. We’ve had a couple of injuries which haven’t helped us.
“With some of the new players, the penny has dropped a bit now.
“We are getting there but I still think we have a way to go. I think we’ll get better in a lot of things we do but the signs are pretty promising.”
Skipper Michael Shenton (dislocated shoulder) misses tonight’s game and winger Denny Solomona (knee) is also still sidelined.
Jordan Tansey is available after missing the Wigan match with a calf injury. Andy Lynch and Scott Moore also return to the squad.
Castleford’s 19-man squad tonight is Boyle, Carney, Channing, Clare, Cook, Crossley, Dorn, Finn, Gale, Holmes, Lynch, Massey, Millington, Moore, Moors, Roberts , Tansey, Webster and Wheeldon.
Powell said: “ Potentially in the next three or four weeks Frankie Mariano and Lee Jewitt will hopefully be back which will give us real depth in our pack.”