Widnes Vikings 32 Castleford Tigers 10: Daryl Powell happy to takes lessons from friendly defeat

Daryl Powell feels that his largely-inexperienced Castleford Tigers side can take some “great lessons” from their friendly defeat at Widnes Vikings on Sunday afternoon.

Monday, 13th January 2020, 6:00 am
Daryl Powell. PIC: Matthew Merrick.

The Tigers came up against a strong Vikings side which included the likes of Logan Tomkins and Matty Smith.

Powell opted for a more youthful outfit, which was bolstered by the experience of Greg Eden, Calum Turner, Tyla Hepi and Jacques O’Neill.

Widnes led 16-4 at the interval with tries from Jake Spedding, Deon Cross and Pat Moran while Lewis Carr replied for the away side.

The same man added a second for the Tigers eight minutes from time but it wasn’t enough as Lloyd Roby, Jack Johnson and Ted Chapelhow all crossed for Widnes.

“It wasn’t about the result today it was about getting some young players the chance to play against a first team,” said Powell.

“And Widnes are a good side with some quality players, so it was a good challenge for us.

“Physically, we found it difficult. I thought we troubled Widnes at times but we didn’t sustain that.

“There were some great lessons for us. We started both halves pretty slow so there are some mentality things there leading into games.

“And the young guys will take a massive amount from that, but I am really pleased with the young guys, as much as anything.

“We had some 16 and 17-year-olds playing against men before they have even started in the academy team.”

Powell admitted that he was disappointed with how some of his more senior players performed.

Despite being pleased with the overall display, the Tigers boss felt that some fringe players failed to stake a claim for a starting spot.

Castleford host Toronto Wolfpack in Michael Shenton’s testimonial on Sunday and Powell is hoping to name a similar side to the one that will face the Wolfpack on the opening day of the Super League campaign.

Powell continued: “Overall, I am pleased but a little disappointed in a couple of players.

“I wanted players who are closer to the first team to play a bit better than they did.

“We have got our final pre-season game and that will be the first time our first team will have played, so I am looking forward to that.”

Widnes Vikings: Owens, Johnson, Roby, Spedding, Cross, Craven, Lyons, J Chapelhow, Tomkins, T Chapelhow, Wilde, Baker, Moran. Subs: Smith, Farnworth, Dwyer, Cooper, Edge, Patton, Dugdale, O’Neil.

Castleford Tigers: Eden, Jordan, Storey, Graham, Carr, Turner, Schofield, Hall, Jinks, Hepi, Summers, Martin, O’Neill. Subs: Hodgson, Donnelly, Peachey, Attley, Gregory, Robb, Hawksworth, Parker.