Castleford Tigers right on track as they prepare for final pre-season outing against Toronto Wolfpack

Daryl Powell feels that Castleford Tigers pre-season preparations are right on track as they prepare to host Toronto Wolfpack on Sunday.

Thursday, 16th January 2020, 6:00 am
Daryl Powell. PIC: Anna Gowthorpe/SWpix.com.

The Tigers welcome the Canadian club to Wheldon Road this weekend for Michael Shenton’s testimonial.

It will be Castleford’s final friendly match before they kick off the 2020 Super League campaign against the same opposition and Powell is pleased with how his side is shaping up.

The Tigers have a new half-back pairing this season with Danny Richardson set to line-up alongside Jake Trueman following Luke Gale’s departure to Leeds Rhinos.

Michael Shenton. PIC: Alex Whitehead/SWpix.com.

“We are where I expected us to be. I think that we are in a good place,” said Powell.

“The new guys have fitted in well. When you have a new half-back pairing, it is important that it gels.

“And they [Richardson and Trueman] have been knocking about together, so that is a great sign.

“Danny has fitted in well. He came in a week earlier than we asked him too and that’s always a good sign.”

Sonny Bill Williams is expected to feature for the Wolfpack this weekend, following his multi-million pound move to Toronto.

Powell feels that the former All Black and NRL Premiership winner is a great acquisition not just for Toronto but the whole of Super League.

He said: “They have said he is playing, I hope he does. It would be great to get a look at him.

“There is excitement around him as a person and as a player in Super League.”

Powell added: “You won’t want to give him anytime to do what he wants to do.”

Castleford will wear a commemorative shirt on Sunday afternoon to mark Shenton’s testimonial season. The centre has played over 300 matches and scored 100 tries for Castleford.

Powell has named a 20-man for Sunday’s friendly and plans to give every player game time.

Sosaia Feki and George Griffin are set to make their Tigers debuts while Shenton is set to feature for the first time since April.

Powell added: “We’ve got a few new players in there and it’s important that we get all those guys playing in the same team together before we get into the season for real.”