Castleford Tigers boss Daryl Powell believes his team are in a good place ahead of a testing run of matches, beginning with a trip to Wigan Warriors tomorrow night.
After a sticky start to 2018 the Tigers head coach is confidently looking ahead to the rest of the season and believes the team has answered back at critics who wrote them off after the opening day defeat to St Helens.
Castleford’s best all-round display of the year brought them a 41-0 win over Catalans last Sunday and lifted them up to fourth place in the Betfred Super League with games in hand on all the teams above them, one of which is next opponents, Wigan.
“We’re building some consistency in the way that we are playing,” said Powell.
“It’s been a bumpy road, it’s not been a smooth season so far and we’ve got a lot of work to do, but we’re in a good place.
“We’re getting better and the players are building confidence. We’ve got a lot of improvement in us, but can you see it’s fitting together nicely. I’m looking forward to the rest of the season.
“We’ve got a great challenge now against Wigan and we’ll look forward to that. It’s a big game for us.
“We’ve got a short turnaround this week so we’ll be looking more at Wigan than ourselves, making sure we know what they’re going to do. But we’ll get a lot of confidence from the Catalans game.”
Powell reckoned the performance and especially the defensive side of the game against Catalans was just the boost they needed ahead of the Wigan trip.
He added: “We were good, really good. Our defence was outstanding and we scored some smart tries.
“We’ve scored 40 points two weeks in succession. It looks a bit different to what 2017 looked, but it is very effective.
“We are finding different ways to play as a team and that is really good for us.”