Castleford Tigers aim to stay on top

Jordan Tansey, ruled out.
Jordan Tansey, ruled out.

Confidence in the Castleford Tigers camp is soaring following victories in their first two games, but no-one will be allowed to get carried away, says head coach Daryl Powell.

Castleford are the early Super League pacesetters and are aiming to stay at the top with another victory in their next game, at Hull KR tonight.

But they know there will be no room for complacency if they are to collect more points on a ground that has not always been kind to them.

“We’ve spoken about not getting too carried away with ourselves because we have started the season well,” said Tigers boss Powell.

“We have to maintain our effort levels and our honesty, which I think there is a great amount of within the team at the moment.

“It doesn’t mean much at this point being top of the table, but the manner in which we’ve won the two games is pleasing as is the attitude of the players. The way we’ve gone about our business, I think that says more about what we’re doing than the two wins.

“Our statistics from Opta defensively are probably something that gives us the most pleasure because we’ve been really good.

“We’ve now got Hull KR in front of us and another opportunity for points. It’s a tough place to go to, we know that.

“I’ve watched them play against Leeds and Huddersfield and they’ve had one good half in both of those games and one poor half so if they get it together consistently then they will be a tough team to play against.

“Keating is new in there and he and Burns are good halves so they will cause us some trouble.

“Their pack may be an issue for them, but they’ve got some depth. It will be a youngish forward pack, both the Walkers, Green and Cox. They’re still pretty big regardless of the people they will be missing.

“But we’ll go into it with some confidence and we’ll look to look after ourselves. It’s really important that we focus on our game and get that right.”

Powell would have liked to stick to the same side that did such a good job in the 32-6 win over Catalan, but has had to make one change with Jordan Tansey ruled out through injury, to be replaced by Luke Dorn.

After being left out of the opening game with new signing Dorn preferred, full-back Tansey came in against the French side and impressed his coach with his display, but picked up a knock in an illegal tackle by Julian Bousquet.

Powell explained: “Jordan Tansey got a horrendous tackle from Bousquet at the weekend.

“It was a cannonball tackle. He’s gone in really hard and fired himself into Tansey’s legs. There’s no place in the game for that. The RFL have seen it and it will be dealt with accordingly.

“He’s a big man so to be firing in tackles like that is unbelievably dangerous. Going in that hard on the side of legs can finish your career. But Tansey’s been lucky.”

Powell was delighted with the way Tansey responded to being given his chance against Catalan.

He added: “I thought he was excellent in the game. That’s one of the things I’ve been talking about, having pressure on players to perform and that’s the first insight into it.

“Last year he was pretty much untouched as a full-back and this year he’s got pressure and as a result of that he’s been chomping at the bit. He worked hard into that game and I was pleased with his effort.

“Luke Dorn had a bit of a groin problem last week, but probably was available, but with Jordan 100 per cent I think it was the right thing to do and he responded well.”