Castleford Tigers head coach Daryl Powell is demanding that his team quickly gets back on their game after making too many errors in the 22-0 defeat to Huddersfield Giants last week.
Powell did not pull any punches in his description of the Tigers’ display at the John Smith’s Stadium, but is hoping it was just a blip after consistent performances in the first four rounds of Super League in 2015.
He told the Express: “We never really got our game together at Huddersfield, which was obviously disappointing.
“The game wasn’t the standard both teams would expect, but from our point of view we just never really got a grip of it.
“It was probably more tough to take because it seemed like we had got ourselves back on track with the Wigan game.
“We went from an excellent performance to one that wasn’t really wasn’t one to be proud of.
“Certainly we’re making too many errors, some of it is individual, some of it is organisational and some of our decisions on how we finished sets when we had the ball were very poor.
“You can look at all sorts or reasons, but ultimately it’s about moving on and getting ourselves where we need to be to win a game of Rugby League.
“I think we’ve seen this year that it’s going to be tight and tough. We’ve played in a lot of pretty tight games and we need to be improving from week to week.”
Powell is expecting a big test for his players from Salford Red Devils at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle on Friday.
He said: “Salford went away to Catalans and put 40 points on them, which showed they can score. Obviously they conceded a fair few, but they had a good win last week against Wakefield at home.
“They are looking like a solid team at the moment and they’ve got some good players in there.
“So we’re going to have to be mindful, look after ourselves and play well then manage their game and how they like to play.”