Powell: Injury list was no excuse for display at Widnes

Castleford coach Daryl Powell.
Castleford coach Daryl Powell.

Castleford Tigers head coach Daryl refused to blame a long injury list as an excuse as he blasted his players for their poor display in a 46-16 defeat to Widnes Vikings.

The Tigers were without eight injured first teamers, including half-back Luke Gale, winger Justin Carney and full-back Luke Dorn, but were second best from the start at the Select Security Stadium.

“I thought we were really disappointing, right from the off,” said head coach Powell.

“We came up against a team who clearly wanted to win the game more than we did.

“They have had a tough Easter and we’ve had a reasonably good one, but in terms of energy, application, desire and will to win, we were second-best across the board.

“Kevin Brown was superb for Widnes and across the board we lacked composure and intensity in our game.

“I could put it down to every single aspect of performance – I thought we got beat at everything.

“We were down to our last 17. We were a bit skinny, but that’s no excuse. We have got good players in there, they just didn’t perform.”

Castleford could be adding to their numbers this week with reports linking them with a move to sign former Leeds Rhinos prop Ryan Bailey on a deal until the end of the season.