Castleford Tigers boss Daryl Powell pleased with defensive resolve despite St Helens defeat

Daryl Powell.
Daryl Powell.

Castleford Tigers boss Daryl Powell was frustrated, but pleased with his team’s defensive effort in their 4-0 loss to league leaders St Helens.

The Tigers failed to breach their opponents’ line through a combination of their own failings and good defence from Saints, who earned praise from Cas head coach Powell.

He said: “They defend well don’t they? We had a heap of ball on their line and whether it’s a little bit of our execution or not, they defended so well on their own try line.

“We thought we’d get them if we kept plugging away, but we lacked a bit of quality with the ball and I don’t think our kicking game was good enough.

“All credit to St Helens turning up and defending as well as they did under a lot of pressure.”

Powell saw some positives from his team’s display.

He added: “We still keep going, we’ve got two games left and we will just keep working hard.

“There was a lot of courage and toughness from us. I thought we defended really well.

“They throw a lot at you and have good players. There was a lot from us to take from that game. Perhaps lacking a little bit of quality that we needed to win it eventually.”