Powell pleased to see Castleford players learning lessons

Daryl Powell.
Daryl Powell.

Head coach Daryl Powell was pleased with the way his players adapted to wet conditions to rein in their natural attacking game when it was needed to pick up the win at Salford.

The Tigers still ran in four tries, but in weather that made it difficult they were more conservative in their approach at times and it paid off with a big win that took them to the brink of the League Leaders’ Shield.

“It was a real tough game, but I thought we managed it really well in tough conditions,” Powell said.

“Our kicking game was pretty smart.

“The players were really smart at knowing when to play and when to come it really tight. I thought it was a really good controlled performance.

“At the start of the second half we looked a bit shaky, a bit nervous I suppose.

“We were dropping the ball and they were kicking and putting us under pressure, but we held firm defensively for the main part.

“Once we got control of our game again we were really good. We started to play a bit smarter, keeping hold of the ball better. The rain was heavy and I thought we managed it really well.

“We took our chances and that was probably the difference. They probably feel unlucky with a couple of tries that got chalked off, probably rightfully. They were close a few times and our scramble defence was good.

“It was a massive performance from the boys to win the game under a little bit of pressure.”

Powell thought the players showed that they had learned from their previous game at Salford when they lost in similar conditions earlier in the season.

He added: “We definitely learned from playing in similar conditions at Salford earlier in the year.

“When we’ve been beaten we’ve generally responded in a really positive way.

“We’ve been good in lots of areas, but learning lessons from things that have happened to us previously is one of the things we’ve been outstanding at.”