Castleford boss looking for a good start against Warrington

Daryl Powell.
Daryl Powell.

Castleford Tigers head coach Daryl Powell believes his side will have to play better than they did in their win against Hull if they are to make back to back home wins in the Super Eights tonight.

While he was happy with some of the aspects of the 36-30 win last week there was room for improvement as they now tackle a Warrington Wolves side returning to the Mend-A-Hose Jungle only three weeks after they beat the Tigers 44-6.

“We started poorly last week, we were 12-0 down before we got the ball,” said Powell.

“We need to start well this week, which we didn’t do last time against Warrington.

“We just need to play a bit better and a bit more consistently across the game.

“We did a lot of good things last week, but there’s still a fair bit more in us and we’re looking to step up to another level against Warrington.”

Powell reckons the heavy defeat against Warrington last time out is likely to have given the Tigers players extra incentive to make amends.

He said: “Motivation-wise we’ve got a fair bit in our locker.

“We will look to utilise that, but we need to play well, that’s the big thing.

“It is a really important game for both teams and it will make it pretty tough for them if they lose.

“But it’s just about us performing well and getting over the top of them.

“If we do that, we’ll be looking upwards. We are on level points with Huddersfield at the moment and we have got to keep winning.

“We have got to keep focused on getting better and climbing another place, but we are in a good place at the moment.

“Home games are going to be crucial and it is really important we win this one.”

Warrington have Ben Westwood back after a two-match ban imposed for a high tackle on Luke Gale in their previous visit to Castleford. The incident led to a disagreement between Powell and Warrington coach Tony Smith, but the Cas boss is not concerned about it ahead of the return meeting.

He added: “That’s all gone now. A few things were said, but I’m not going to get too worried about that.

“He got what he deserved, he got a suspension and that’s it.”