Second blank weekend interrupts Castleford Tigers’ flow

Daryl Powell.
Daryl Powell.

Castleford Tigers boss Daryl Powell has admitted that a second blank weekend already this season is far from ideal as his team have faced a stop-start opening to the 2018 Betfred Super League season.

The first weekend off came because of the World Club Challenge and the RFL’s decision to not have any fixtures for the top eight teams from last season, but the second obviously could not be foreseen with the icy weather causing the postponement of the planned game at Hull KR.

It has left the Tigers with two games in hand on some teams in an already crammed fixture programme.

Powell said: “It’s just a stuttering start to the season.

“We are trying to get in a flow and it’s hard to do that with a week off for the World Club, play a game and then another week off.

“It’s not ideal, but there’s not a lot we can do. We’ve got Salford at home next week and we’ve got to look forward to that.”

Powell had no complaints about the decision to call the game off. With poor weather forecast for this weekend, Rovers have decided not to try again today or on Sunday and a new date will be agreed next week.

Powell said: “There’s a blanket of snow and I’ve been involved in games when the temperature drops markedly and it becomes a ridiculous atmosphere and makes a big difference to the quality of the play.

“It was a pretty smart decision, for players and spectators.”

The delay means injured duo Greg Eden and Joe Wardle - who are likely to be sidelined for a month - will miss one less game, but Powell added: “I would rather have played it to have a flow to our season, but we’ll have to get that from here on in.”