Hull FC have had mixed fortunes so far in 2018, but Castleford Tigers head coach Daryl Powell is impressed with their ability to stick in games when they are not winning.
Powell takes his Tigers team to Hull’s KCOM Stadium today expecting his players to have to battle for the full 80 minutes if they are to bring back the two points in the Betfred Super League.
He told the Express: “Hull have had a mixed season so far, but generally if they’ve lost games it’s been pretty tight.
“They lost last week at Catalans, but they got a couple of injuries similar to us last week and they had to adjust a lot.
“Losing Kelly and Abdull was a pretty tough one for them. Obviously we lost Luke Gale at half-time so it forces real shuffles round in the team and it can knock your cohesiveness.
“They also lost Sneyd to illness and Shaul to a family bereavement and they were still pretty close to winning.
“Whatever happens to Hull they hang in there, they are a really good defensive team and have got a good spirit about them.”
Powell accepted that Hull will be motivated to respond after losing to Catalans, but he does not think that result will have made Castleford’s job harder this week.
He added: “You usually see motivation ebbs and flows as you go through the season. I think they’re unbeaten at home so it will be difficult anyway whether or not they had lost last week.
“We’ve had some tough times in the last few years so we know we need to play well and we’ve got our own adjustments ourselves to the team with a few injuries. It’s going to be a tough game.