Castleford Tigers coach regrets missed opportunity

Daryl Powell.
Daryl Powell.
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Castleford Tigers boss Daryl Powell was left frustrated after seeing his side throw away a 24-6 lead to lose to Warrington Wolves last Sunday.

For the second home game running the Tigers were up against one of the top sides in Super League and looked to be in control at half-time only to end up without any points.

Losing was all the more disappointing as the team played so well in attack and appeared to have the title chasing Wolves on the rack at one point only to concede some soft tries.

“It was a mixed bag again,” said head coach Powell.

“There was lots of quality from us, particularly in the first half, that built us up a really strong position, but then we conceded a try at a poor time just before half-time, which gave them a bit of a lift.

“I thought we started the second half okay, but once we got rattled we didn’t handle it well and they had a period of eight successive sets.

“There’s three penalties in there and three tries and the game pretty much swung on that.

“It was disappointing we couldn’t stem the tide and get ourselves back into the game during that period because when we came out of that eight sets block we were 30 points to 24 down.

“Obviously that was a big turning point, but then we get back to 30-all and force a pass. If we hadn’t have forced it we were on the front foot, we get a good kick away and we are in with a good chance of winning the game.

“Unfortunately our mentality is just not tough enough in those situations at the moment. There’s a fair lesson to be learned from that.

“I see it as one that got away. We had a real good opportunity to win the game and unfortunately we weren’t good enough to do it, so it is pretty disappointing.”

Powell was unhappy with the way his team defended their line and gave points away.

He added: “The boys went after the game in the first half and played some outstanding rugby league. But when we get rattled we have to be tougher mentally and we have to defend our try line with a much better attitude because we gave sloppy tries away.

“We worked exceptionally hard for our points then it was too easy for Warrington to get over the line I thought. Some of the tries I thought were ridiculous to concede.

“Again we scored enough points to win. We are constantly talking about defence and it gets a bit tiresome at times, but we are wanting the players to be more consistent with their defensive effort.

“The boys are working hard. We can’t talk about them not working hard enough, but we give too much away at crucial periods and when we get rattled we can’t press a game back. That’s an area we need to be mentally tougher in.”