Castleford look to kick on into Super Eights

Castleford Tigers players celebrate a try against Catalans.
Castleford Tigers players celebrate a try against Catalans.

With their first objective achieved in making sure of their place in the Super Eights Castleford Tigers are now looking to kick on with head coach Daryl Powell insisting there is still plenty to play for this season.

The Tigers are currently seven points behind fourth-placed Catalans so know it will be a tall order to finish in the top four at the end of the Super Eights, but Powell has challenged his team to win as many of the nine remaining games as possible and see where it takes them.

He told the Express: “If we were to win every single game what would happen? I don’t know, but that’s all we can do.

“We have to focus on one game at a time and see where we’re at when it comes to the end of the season.

“There’s no point in putting your cue on the rack, I’ve never been a big believer in that whatever your doing. So it’s keep fighting every week, keep building to win games and improving in little areas.

“If we can do that then who knows? We give ourselves a chance of winning games and that’s all we can focus on really.

“Catalans have lost a few games on the spin now and that’s what happens.

“It’s tough at times. All teams have flat periods through the year. There’s a couple of teams who’ve still got theirs to come and you don’t know when it’s going to be.

“Catalans are going through it at this moment, Hull are having a bit of a dip so you just never know, you just keep going. Teams get reeled in pretty easy.”

Powell is looking for an improvement from his team in the remainder of the season.

He said: “We’ve had a little bit of a refocus on a slightly different story.

“You are always looking for different bits and pieces to keep your players motivated and we’ve worked it slightly differently over the last week.

“This week is another chapter and we just want to keep improving. We want to be an outstanding team.

“There’s a lot of players who’ve got quality experience this year with the way the injuries have been. I had an experience as head coach at Leeds when young players got opportunities and they ended up really growing as a result of it. I think we’ve seen some of that this year.

“Whatever situation we’re in we want to deal with it really well.”

Powell is relieved to see the Tigers finally end any fears of dropping into the Middle Eights with their 38-24 win over Catalans.

He added: “The win takes the pressure off a bit.

“We’ve not wanted to be where we are and it was beginning to look a bit precarious. Hull KR nicked a win and they’ve got a chance this week if they keep going to reel Wakefield in particular in, although it will be tough for them.

“We were in the firing line and it’s good to get ourselves out of it.”