IT IS one of the oldest cliches in sport, but Castleford Tigers coach Daryl Powell really has warned his team against complacency this weekend.
Tigers play host to Hull KR on Sunday, just 16 days after beating the same opposition 42-14 at KCOM Craven Park.
Injury-hit Hull KR are second from bottom in Betfred Super League and Tigers are on a high after a stunning win at Warrington Wolves last week, but Powell has stressed to his players the importance of being switched on from the first whistle.
“We have already spoken about it,” he said.
“You can’t take anything for granted.
“Wigan went there the week before we played them and got really turned over.
“From what I understand, Shaun Lunt will be back and they’ve signed Joel Tomkins.
“They will be a different team and we are mindful what they are going to come with will be different to what we faced two weeks ago.”
Powell recalled: “A couple of years ago Hull KR had just got beaten by Oldham in the Challenge Cup and they came here and put 50-odd points on us.
“That’s a recent-ish reminder of what teams can do.
“If you look at what our team did last week, if you are Warrington you think ‘we’ll just turn up and we’ll roll these over after a good performance the week before’.
“There’s enough reminders that you don’t want to be going in any less than 100 per cent from a mentality point of view.”
The Cas coach stressed: “We have to try and get ourselves right.
“When you look at it, rugby league is all about attitude.
“We’ve had ups and downs this year and that’s dictated by attitude.
“When the attitude it really good and the players are on it, we look all right.
“It is about having that mentality every week.
“We are in a good place. We are confident, but we know we need to play well. There’s no dropping off, I don’t believe in that.
“We’ve worked hard to be consistent since I’ve been at the club and hopefully we can take another step forward with that this season.”
Hooker Lunt’s return from injury will give the Robins a new dimension, according to Powell.
“He is a dangerous player,” he warned.
“He is always sniffing tries out and he can make things happen so we have to be aware of that.
“He is a pretty experienced, important player for them.
“They have had to play about with the half-backs and hookers, but Lunt being back should free up Chris Atkin to play in the halves.
“It should really improve them.”
Powell was due to name his initial 19-man squad today.
A late reshuffle last week saw Calum Turner come in at full-back, with Quentin Laulu-Togaga’e making his debut out of position at stand-off.
“I’ve got the option of putting QLT at the back, but Calum did well enough to have another go,” Powell said. “I was really pleased with him and I thought QLT did a great job at half.
“It has thrown a couple of cats among the pigeons the way players performed in that game and some players have made my job really difficult.”