Daryl Powell pleased as Castleford Tigers grind out victory over Salford Red Devils

DARYL POWELL admits that Castleford Tigers weren't at their best against Salford Red Devils but was pleased with the control his side exerted in a decisive second half on Friday night.

Monday, 3rd May 2021, 10:45 am
Updated Tuesday, 4th May 2021, 3:39 pm
Picture by Paul Currie/SWpix.com - 30/04/2021 - Rugby League - Betfred Super League Round 5 - Salford Red Devils v Castleford Tigers - AJ Bell Stadium, Salford, England - Castleford Tigers' Liam Watts scores a try

The Tigers made it four wins from five Super League games with a 28-18 victory at the AJ Bell Stadium after leading by just two points at half time.

Powell felt the hosts - who Castleford face in the Challenge Cup this weekend - were the better side in the first quarter but believed the Tigers were worthy winners come full time.

"From about 20 minutes in it was a really solid performance. We were never at our best but I thought we controlled the game," reflected Powell.

Picture by Paul Currie/SWpix.com - 30/04/2021 - Rugby League - Betfred Super League Round 5 - Salford Red Devils v Castleford Tigers - AJ Bell Stadium, Salford, England - Castleford Tigers' Danny Richardson

"Particularly in the second half we controlled the game as we had changed a couple of things at half time.

"We dominated territory and possession and got the points on the back of that.

"Salford were probably the best team for 20 minutes and we were pretty good after that. It was a tough game. A really tough game."

The win saw Castleford bounce back from their first defeat of the season against Wigan Warriors.

Danny Richardson kicked 12 points - two penalties and four conversions - as the visitors' tries came via Jake Trueman, Greg Eden, Liam Watts and Cheyse Blair.

Salford scored three tries in response, with Tuimoala Lolohea, Andy Ackers and Kevin Brown crossing for the home side.

Powell was pleased with the performances from Brad Martin and Lewis Peachey who made an impact from the bench for the injury-hit Tigers.

He added: "I thought we started the game a little bit negative and lost the positional battle because of that.

"We didn't learn the lessons from last week. We needed to find a couple of passes here and there to get in better kicking positions and in the second half I thought that is where we were really good.

"We created opportunities on the back of the field position and from a couple of errors from Salford.

"Our regard for the ball was really good in the second half. Brad Martin and Lewis Peachey were excellent for us. They got a couple of opportunities last year and I thought they were fantastic tonight."