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Powell wants Castleford team to learn key lessons from Warrington game

Castleford Tigers head coach Daryl Powell. Picture: Matthew Merrick
Castleford Tigers head coach Daryl Powell. Picture: Matthew Merrick

Castleford Tigers boss Daryl Powell believes his team will learn lessons from their first home defeat of the season when they were beaten 18-6 by Warrington Wolves.

In possibly the worst conditions ever seen in the Super League the Tigers left themselves with an uphill task when they trailed 10-0 at half-time and although they came within a whisker of levelling the game up after the break chasing the game proved as difficult as it could be expected on a pitch covered in water and mud.

Powell admitted it had been a tough game for his side.

He said: “I just thought we started a little bit slow.

“We wanted to build a score and they did that and to be 10-0 up at half-time was big for them.

“We didn’t go out with the mentality to kick the ball in the first half.

“We spoke about that at half-time and we were better in the second half. But when we had opportunity to really get a grip of the game - and you could see it was coming - we made a couple of errors on the back of sets that were going to give us pressure. So we didn’t really put enough pressure on them.

“It’s so difficult to play at the minute.

“There’s some key lessons for us in the game and hopefully we’ll learn them and move on.”

Powell was happy with the attitude of his players who have been in three tough battles in succession with the Warrington match following on from derbies with Leeds and Wakefield.

He said: “We’ve had a tough Easter and the boys have gone at it with a great attitude.

“But so did Warrington and I thought they came out to kick the ball well and did that. We seemed to make errors when we looked to put pressure on the opposition.

“It didn’t happen for us, but we’ve gone one out of two over Easter and we’re reasonably pleased with where we’re at.

“It was a bit disappointing and we’ve got one or two things we will be looking to improve on in the coming weeks.

Powell felt his side were on the wrong end of some decisions from referee Robert Hicks, particularly with a disallowed Jake Webster “try”.

He added: “I thought we had some tough calls to be fair throughout.

“There was a real tough one there where Jake Webster is adjudged to have kicked the ball out of Stefan Ratchford’s hands.

“I’m not sure he had it fully in his hands, but it happened pretty quick and I need to see it back. But it’s a tough call and it puts us right in the mix there.

“It was a line-ball decision and they seemed to go against us.

“But I’m not making any excuses. I’m not blaming anybody but ourselves and a good performance by Warrington. They were a little bit better in certain parts of the game that you need in wet conditions. As a result we got beat, you cop it on the chin and move on.”