Powell pleased with Castleford’s composure

All smiles for Castleford's head coach Daryl Powell as he thanks Ben Roberts at the end of the Hull game.
All smiles for Castleford's head coach Daryl Powell as he thanks Ben Roberts at the end of the Hull game.

Castleford Tigers boss Daryl Powell reckons his side’s ability to come up with the right plays to win tight games is a sign of how they are maturing as a team.

The Tigers were trailing by two points going into the last nine minutes of their game at Hull FC, but came out winners thanks to a penalty goal, a drop-goal and a converted try.

Cas went on to win 31-24 and the way they finished the game pleased Powell.

He told the Express: “I thought it was a great game. We tend to have a few like that, real tight encounters and we’ve won some really tight games in the last couple of years with drop-goals, which is a sign of a real maturity and composure within a team.

“I was really pleased that Galey was able to do that at the back end.”

Powell praised his wingers, Denny Solomona and Jy Hitchcox, as they came up all five of the Tigers’ tries at Hull.

He said: “Just give Denny a sniff of the try-line and there’s a fair chance he’s going to be getting over.

“He shows numerous ways of finishing tries, generally they look good on the eye and they’re really effective.

“His ability to get the ball down in a number of ways is high quality.

“I was really pleased with Jy Hitchcox on the other wing.

“It was a tough introduction for him in terms of preparation. He didn’t have too much time.

“Joel was injured and didn’t train the day before with his back so Jy got a look at that fortunately.

“But I thought he showed a bit of maturity and composure as a player. It’s not a bad way to make your Super League debut by scoring with your first touch.

“He carried the ball well and defended well. He’s given me something to think about when selecting the team this week.

“I was really pleased with the right edge in particular. I thought Ben Crooks was great and Ben Roberts.

“Obviously our left edge has been playing well all year, but there were big performances from Jy, Ben Crooks and Ben Roberts.”

Powell reflected on a big success for the Tigers as they ended Hull’s unbeaten start to the season.

He added: “It was a really pleasing win.

“Everybody has been talking Hull up so we know going there where we haven’t been particularly great as a team over the last couple of years was going to be a tough game.

“We started the game so well and our forward pack really fronted up to what was a big physical threat.

“It got a little bit tight at the end, but to get two points there you’ve obviously got to be delighted.

“We’ve started the season in such a positive way, the way we’ve played, the confidence that we’ve shown and some of the tries we’ve scored. It really sets a marker down for us.”