Castleford Tigers need to 'step up' ahead of trip to Warrington Wolves

CASTLEFORD TIGERS need to “step up” their performances if they want to have a successful year, believes head coach Daryl Powell.

Thursday, 20th May 2021, 6:00 am
Picture by Allan McKenzie/SWpix.com - 17/05/2021 - Rugby League - Betfred Super League Round 6 - Castleford Tigers v Hull KR - the Mend A Hose Jungle, Castleford, England - Castleford's Michael Shenton celebrates his try against & Hull KR.

The Tigers suffered their second defeat of the Super League campaign on Monday night as a late try earned Hull KR the victory at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle.

Powell admitted the loss had been coming, given his side’s performances in recent weeks.

Castleford had beaten Salford Red Devils in their last two outings but Powell doesn’t feel his side have been in top form.

In the Challenge Cup, they needed golden point extra time to progress to the semi-finals.

They are set to face Warrington Wolves, who were beaten by Huddersfield Giants on Monday, this weekend and Powell admits there is plenty to work on before kick-off on Saturday.

"It’s probably been coming,” insisted Powell, whose side had won six of their seven games this term.

“I don’t think we’ve been really playing that well.

“I thought Hull KR were really good with the ball; they challenge you a little bit differently to some other teams, have some really powerful players on their edges and we didn’t quite match up to that.

“In particular, our right edge got put under a lot of pressure. Their left edge is playing some great rugby league at the moment and we just didn’t handle it. I don’t know what we were thinking at times.”

He continued: “Defensively and discipline-wise as well, there’s some things there that quite a lot of the players need to take a hard look at themselves.

“And we all do. And we have all got to review and analyse ourselves .

“But we’re not going to be successful playing like that so we need to step up. It’s a short turnaround to Warrington and we’re going to need to be a lot better than that.”

One positive from the defeat on Monday was the return of 3,600 Castleford supporters. Fans are allowed back to fixtures in limited capacities with plans to further reduce those limits from June 21.

“It is weird. Really strange. It was strange for me because of the current situation,” added Powell.

“We haven’t seen it for a while and it was weird coming down Wheldon Road and seeing all the fans. Obviously, that’s fantastic and it was great to have an atmosphere in.

“But we just didn’t do the fans justice, which is what we really wanted to do. We just weren’t good enough.

“They’ll have gone home disappointed. And that’s the last thing we’d have wanted to happen.”

Castleford and Warrington have already met once this season, when the Tigers recorded a 21-12 victory on the opening day.