Castleford Tigers boss Daryl Powell expects his team to be up against motivated opponents when they host Huddersfield Giants at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle on Sunday.
Although the Giants are currently propping up the Super League with just one win from their first eight games, Powell expects them to be tough to beat as they were last year when they were the only team the Tigers did not enjoy victory over.
Paul Anderson’s men have been hit by injuries, but look to be getting most of their players back and were unlucky not to win over Easter when involved in two tight games.
Cas head coach Powell told the Express: “Huddersfield will be a pretty motivated team I would think.
“They’ve had some injury problems as well as us, but they’ve got some personnel back. Most are back now so they don’t look too short.
“I think Grix will be back soon so whether they put him in there or leave Brierley at full-back I’m not too sure. But it will be a tough game.
“Watching the game against Salford, they really dominated the first half. Salford defended superbly and we’re going to have to do the same.
“Their half-backs are pretty sharp, obviously Brough’s one of the best halves in the country and controls the game well.
“We need to dig in and play positively. If we do that we’ve a good chance of getting a result.”
Powell was encouraged by his side’s displays against Leeds and Catalans over Easter.
He said: “It was a good performance against Leeds and I was really pleased with that.
“As a response performance, we had a lot of control in us and we got off to a great start, which we had spoken about.
“The atmosphere was great at the ground and everything was really positive.
“It was always going to be a tough trip over to Catalans, that’s the way it always is over there. We got rattled again with suspension and injuries that made it tougher.
“I thought we were in with a shot and put Catalans under pressure, but we just couldn’t go on with it in the second half.
“I thought we played some smart stuff, but we just made too many errors in the second half.
“Obviously losing Denny at half-time didn’t help and we had to reshuffle, which we seem to be doing every game at the moment.
“We’ve got no consistency about our personnel, but it is what it is, we’ve just got to get on with it.
“We’ve got another tough game against Huddersfield this week and we’re going to need to reshuffle again, but, fingers crossed, we might get some troops back.”