Castleford coach looking for improvement in defence

Junior Moors in action for Castleford Tigers in their important win over Catalans. Picture: Dave Williams (
Junior Moors in action for Castleford Tigers in their important win over Catalans. Picture: Dave Williams (

Castleford Tigers boss Daryl Powell has called on his side to improve defensively for Sunday’s home game with Warrington Wolves.

With Warrington being the highest scorers in Super League this year the Tigers head coach has warned his players they are in for some hard work, but believes they are capable of repeating their Magic Weekend victory over the Wolves.

He told the Express: “We know we can beat anybody. But it’s going to be a tough because they are a very difficult side to play against, they’ve got a lot of speed and their dummy-half running is a big part of their game.

“Sandow’s been great for them and Gidley has - I don’t know if he’ll be back for them or not.

“People like Chris Hill in the middle of the field and Ben Westwood, they’re just a good team all over.

“They play a little bit ad hoc at times and really challenge you all over the field. They can move the ball from one side to the other and work to gets lots of one-on-ones.

“Your decision making and one-on-one tackle completion has got to be really good. You can’t afford to miss too many one-on-ones on these guys otherwise they rip to you to pieces.

“We can both score points. There are certain teams in the league who all attack pretty much the same, but Warrington are a little bit different and we’re a bit different.

“It will be interesting. They’ve been the highest points scorers and have done well in defence. We’ve scored a lot of points and are in the top three, but have conceded too many as well.

“It stands to reason we are going to need to improve our defence for the full 80 minutes.

“Warrington are tough to break down, but our attack generally looks after itself if everybody does their job. Defensively we’ve just got to work our backsides off to look after their threats because they’ve got quite a few.

“We’ve had two games against Warrington so far this year and got well beaten at their place early in the season, but played really well after a poor start in the Magic Weekend game.”

Cas go into Sunday’s game off the back of their first home victory in Super League since early April and Powell stressed just how important the two points were.

He said: “We’ve had some real tough stuff happen to us and we’ve lost some close games that we probably should have got a bit more out of.

“It was a crucial game for us and to come up with an attacking performance like we did was pretty pleasing.

“But there were still things in there we want to improve on.

“We’ve been piecing together a team and people have been playing in different positions for large parts of the season and they’ve done a great job.

“The combinations are not as solid as we’d like because guys haven’t played together as regular as we’d like.

“But I was pleased we put a performance together and got the two points. We’re in a solid spot now and it gives us a real chance to continue to build.”