THEY WILL be facing a team on a run of 12 successive Super League defeats, but Castleford Tigers’ boss Daryl Powell insists his team have no reason to be complacent against Wakefield Trinity Wildcats tomorrow.
The West Yorkshire derby is the final match of the Magic Weekend at St James’ Park, Newcastle and Powell said his sole focus is on getting a good performance.
“Somebody asked me ‘will there be any complacency?’,” he said. “Well, we’ve lost our last three games, so we’ve nothing to be complacent about. We need to be flat out in this game, 100 miles an hour right from the start. When we get in arm-wrestles, we need to stay in them and win them. At the minute, we stay in it for a while, then our arm begins to shake and we get slammed to the floor. We’ve got to be a little bit better than that.”
Powell added: “Ultimately, it’s about us and performing well. If we do that, I don’t think it matters who we’re playing, we give ourselves a real good chance of winning the game.”
Under-19s boss Stuart Dickens will be in caretaker charge of Wildcats for the second time, following a 30-18 loss to Widnes Vikings six days ago. Powell’s first win as Tigers coach was against Wakefield at the Magic Weekend two years ago and Dickens admitted he’d love to do something similar tomorrow.
“It wouldn’t be bad, would it?” he said.
“I have had plenty of local derbies against Cas in the past as a Featherstone player and as a Wakefield lad and a Wakefield coach and I think the Magic event makes for a great weekend of rugby.”
Wildcats are hoping to name their new coach – to succeed James Webster – ahead of Leeds Rhinos’ visit a week tomorrow.
Dickens said: “When James resigned I spoke to Michael (Carter, Wildcats’ chairman) that first day and he asked me if I was happy to fill the role in the short-term.
“I said ‘yes’, I was more than happy to stand in.
“I told him what my ideas were for trying to get the best from the players. Obviously our priority has got to be stopping in Super League. I gave him my ideas and my thoughts on what I thought the best way to do that was.
“In the meantime, I am happy to carry on doing what I am doing, trying to get a bit of a response from the players and trying to lay the foundations for moving forward for the second half of the season.”
Scott Moore is set to return from a foot injury for Tigers tomorrow. Michael Channing, Ryan Boyle, Junior Moors and Will Maher could also be recalled, but Frankie Mariano (knee injury), Ryan Bailey (calf injury/suspension) and Lee Jewitt all drop out.
For Wildcats, Mickael Simon and Dan Smith are available after injury and Joe Arundel is also in contention, with Jordan Crowther dropping out.
Castleford Tigers from: Boyle, Channing, Finn, Gale, Gibson, O Holmes, Lynch, Maher, Massey, McMeeken, Millington, Milner, Moore, Moors, Roberts, Shenton, Solomona, Tansey, Webster.
Wakefield Trinity Wildcats from: Anderson, Annakin, Arundel, Collis, Godinet, Johnstone, Kirmond, Lyne, McShane, Miller, Molloy, Owen, Riley, Ryan, Scruton, Simon, D Smith, T Smith, Washbrook
Referee: Joe Cobb (Leigh).
Kick-off: Tomorrow, 5.30pm at St James’ Park, Newcastle.