Castleford Tigers’ comfortable pre-season victory over Wakefield Wildcats will have no bearing on the meeting between the teams in the first Super League game of 2016 at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle, says Daryl Powell.
The Tigers boss expects a tough workout for his side in Sunday’s local derby with the Wildcats determined to prove that their visit to the ground last month did not show them in their true light.
He told the Express: “They beat us at home last year so we need to be mindful that as we’ve just learned pre-season doesn’t mean a lot as teams can easily step up and be ultra competitive. Hull KR were.
“The fact we beat Wakefield a few weeks ago doesn’t mean anything. We’ve got to do the job again and we need to improve from last week in quite a few areas.
“I don’t think there’ll be any complacency. We’ve just come up with a performance that’s below our usual standards so I don’t think there’s going to be any need to be knocking complacency on the head.
“There’s quite a few players from that game that need to improve and play well this week.
“It looked like we were going to win the game at Hull KR, but we lost our composure a little bit and they got us at the end. It was a great goal kick by Josh Mantellato to draw the game.
“Whilst we thought we should have done better it shows that pre-season doesn’t mean a lot. Teams can respond straight away.”
Powell underlined the importance of a win for his side in their first home game of the season.
He said: “The first game at home is always important and the local derby element adds to it.
“We’ve got unbelievable support at home – and I thought our supporters were fantastic at Hull KR as well. It’s a big game for them and we need to reward them.
“Home form is clearly important. It’s where you build your foundation and you set your standards so it’s going to be an important game for us from that perspective.
“Obviously we wanted to get off to a good start and we need to win this game to make it a good start. Three points out of two games would be a good start, but one point out of two wouldn’t be so that makes it more important for us.
“Wakefield will be feeling positive themselves. They took Widnes pretty close so we realise it will be a tough game and it should be a great atmosphere with a good crowd.”