Tigers coach: We need to get the job done

Tigers coach Daryl Powell: "It's about getting the job done that's in front of us."
Tigers coach Daryl Powell: "It's about getting the job done that's in front of us."

Daryl Powell is looking for a “very professional performance” from Castleford in Sunday’s home Super League clash against winless bottom team London Broncos.

The Tigers boss insists none of his players will be thinking about the Challenge Cup semi-final against Widnes the following Sunday.

“It’s a game we need to win and we need to perform in,” he said.

“There’s no point worrying about anything else, we just get on with this one.

“It’s an important match. Two points would maintain our standing in the league and obviously that is crucial for us.

“It’s about getting the job done that’s in front of us.

“I will be looking for a very professional performance. I thought we did that when we played London away from home and I will be looking for something similar in the way we go about our business this Sunday.”

Relegated London were thumped 54-6 by Castleford earlier this season and have conceded 250 points in their last four matches.

Their visit to the Mend-A-Hose Jungle gives fourth-placed Tigers an ideal chance to stretch their unbeaten run to six matches following two successive draws at Hull FC and Leeds Rhinos.

Just six points separate the top six teams after Wakefield and relegated Bradford pulled off shock wins against Warrington and Wigan respectively last weekend.

“It’s tight at the top of the table which is great,” said Powell.

“We are pleased to be part of that at the moment and really for me it’s just a case of getting back to our standards and maintaining our standards over 80 minutes against London. If you don’t turn up on any given day, there’s a chance you’ll get beaten.

“There are some teams that are rallying and responding at the moment and Wakefield and Bradford obviously got great results last week. And they were pretty good results for us to be honest.

“Nobody is giving up on anything. Everyone is fighting hard at the moment so it’s important for us that we don’t slack off on our standards. We need to get back to where our standards our and maintain them. It’s really important for us over the coming weeks.”

Justin Carney, Jake Webster and Craig Huby are all available for Sunday’s game after missing the 18-18 draw at Hull but Grant Millington (knee) and Frankie Mariano (finger) are doubtful after being injured at the KC Stadium.

“We need to check on injuries and there are a couple of selections to make later on in the week,” said Powell who confirmed that places are still up for grabs for the team that will play Widnes in the Challenge Cup semi-final.

“We’ve got quite a few good players who are fighting tooth and nail to be in the team each week and obviously that is still important as we move through what is going be a really crucial part of the season,” he added.

Tigers forward Weller Hauraki has been banned for two games and fined £300 after admitting an offence of recklessly striking with his knees in last Thursday’s match at Hull. He will miss Sunday’s game against London and the cup semi-final against Widnes.