Castleford boss happy to have selection headache

Jordan Tansey, who has impressed in pre-season.
Jordan Tansey, who has impressed in pre-season.

Castleford Tigers boss Daryl Powell admits he is facing a few selection dilemmas ahead of the first game of Super League 2015 following the performances of a number of players in the pre-season games.

Head coach Powell has been impressed by individual displays while his team remains unbeaten in the warm-up games against Featherstone Rovers, Bradford Bulls, Doncaster and Widnes Vikings,

He said: “Ashley Gibson, Jordan Tansey and Liam Finn in particular have really given me something to think about when it comes to selecting the side for the first Super League game.

“Ashley and Jordan obviously didn’t play too much last year, but both have had good pre-seasons and they have put the heat on the players in their specific positions.

“It’s a good headache to have.”

Powell was pleased with aspects of the Tigers’ display in the 20-18 win over Widnes last Sunday.

He added: “It was a tough game and what we needed.

“We were playing against Super League opposition for the first time and I thought there were loads to be enthused about.

“Defensively we were excellent, particularly when we were defending in the opposition 20-metre area.

“Our line speed and ability to keep a team deep was as good as I’ve seen. That was a big plus.

“We knitted some smart plays together, particularly at the start of the second half.

“We are a work in progress, but I was really pleased with the attitude of everybody.

“Scott Moore was great defensively, he really got after them and led our line speed.

“Jordan Tansey did some good things as did most of our backline in terms of kick returns and putting us on the front foot.

“It was a pleasing performance in many aspects.

“Luke Gale did some smart things with his kicking game and I thought Liam Finn was sharp and had a really good second half.

“Ashley Gibson’s really grown over the last five or six weeks and obviously it was Michael Shenton’s first game, but he looked sharp in the second half.

“Adam Milner coming off the bench was good as well.

“There were lots of positives and I was real pleased with the effort of everybody.

“We’ve still got a bit of work to do in terms of our fluency on attack and the next couple of weeks will be a good chance to build that.”