Castleford boss: ‘I don’t think there’s anybody for us to fear’

Daryl Powell.
Daryl Powell.
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Having now played against every team in the First Utility Super League Castleford Tigers boss Daryl Powell believes his side does not have to fear anyone.

With the season just past the half-way point, the Tigers stand in third place with 10 victories behind them.

Powell is delighted to be leading a team so high in the table and wants them to build on what they have achieved so far, beginning with another home game this Sunday against a Hull KR side who are targeting victory themselves after some good results recently.

He told the Express: “We are in a good spot in terms of the league ladder and we’ve built a bit of a platform for ourselves, but it’s another challenge for us against Hull KR.

“This is a game Hull KR have been talking about. They think it’s winnable for them and obviously we feel the same so it will be an interesting challenge.

“The teams are quite close in terms of the personnel that are on board so it will be the team that plays best that gets the points.

“It’s not a matter of having extra confidence because we’ve already beaten them. We are aware now that it doesn’t matter who we play against - we have played everybody now - we are going to be competitive if we are on our game.

“I don’t think there’s anybody for us to fear.

“We’ll certainly have some tough games as we go through the season, but we should have plenty of confidence.

“Sunday’s game is another one where we need to turn up and play well and if we do then we can be pretty confident that we’ll be good enough to get the two points.”

Powell will be happy with a repeat performance of the committed display the Tigers produced to win 30-10 at Hull KR back in February.

He said: “We were really good at their place. It was a good effort with and without the ball.

“We didn’t have the ball in good field position, but we defended our own try line so well and they had a lot of possession on us.

“I think that was the performance that made people sit up and take notice that we were going to be a decent side this year.

“We’ll be looking for the same to pick up another two points on Sunday.”

Powell will have to make at least one change to the side that beat Widnes 34-22 last weekend with winger Justin Carney sitting out the first of a two-match suspension.

James Clare will come in while Adam Milner, Ashley Gibson and Michael Channing are also in contention for a recall.

Daryl Clark and Grant Millington are expected to shake off minor knocks picked up against Widnes, but Nathan Massey remains out through injury and props Ryan Boyle and Dan Fleming have been ruled out for the season.

Back row forward Lee Gilmour, meanwhile, has joined Wakefield Wildcats on a one month loan deal.

“Lee hadn’t played for a while so it’s important that he got some game time,” explained Powell.

“Wakefield have got a fair few injuries and asked the question and it will be great to get Lee back out on the field.”