Powell wants to reward Castleford fans with winning display

Daryl Powell
Daryl Powell

Another big crowd is expected for the visit of Hull KR on Saturday and Castleford Tigers head coach Daryl Powell reckons his team owe it to the home fans to send them home happy this time after the defeat against Leeds Rhinos in front of a sell-out attendance last week.

Castleford’s home form had been good prior to the Rhinos match with three straight wins following an opening day defeat to Wakefield and while expecting a difficult game against Hull KR Powell sees Saturday’s contest as a chance to re-establish the Mend-A-Hose Jungle as a fortress.

He told the Express: “We’re looking at another big crowd against Hull KR and I think our fans can see how hard our team is working. We’ve got to reward them with a good performance.

“To fill the stadium last week showed that the fans are enjoying watching us play and when you are filling stadiums it’s awesome. Hopefully we can go close to that this week. If we could it would be a massive pat on the back for the club and a big tick for Rugby League at the moment the way it’s going.

“It was unfortunate that we couldn’t do better in front of that big crowd last week. If we could have taken that chance just after half-time when Justin Carney got away you never know, but I just thought Leeds were too good for us on the day.

“We didn’t play well enough to put them under pressure and they are playing hot at the moment. Sometimes you learn lessons from games like that and you move on. We did that well and came up with a solid performance that gave us a result in the next game.

“Obviously our home form’s important. We want to play well at home and we’ve got an opportunity now to get back into playing well at the Jungle on Saturday.”

Powell has been impressed by Hull KR this season.

He said: “Hull KR have won three straight now and are playing with a fair bit of width. They’ve got a couple of smart half-backs and it’s going to be a challenge for us again.

“They’ve got 12 or 13 new players, which is a hell of a lot, and it’s testimony to Chris Chester that he’s pulled them together so quickly.

“They look a good side, they’ve got a lot of ability. Their half-backs are both different, they’ve got Terry Campese, who’s really controlling and influences the way that they go then Albert Kelly, who’s a bit of a crackerjack, a box of tricks, a good player who’s very quick.

“Dixon at the back is looking electric and is very quick on the end of plays. They’ve got Lunt now at hooker and have a lot of quality players in there.

“They’ve challenged everybody they’ve played against.

“We’ve just got to look after our boys this week and they need to look after themselves then rock up on Saturday and do a job against a team that’s going really well.”