Castleford Tigers were handed the toughest possible tie when drawn away to holders Wigan Warriors in the quarter-final of the Tetley’s Challenge Cup – but the game will hold no fears according to Daryl Powell.
After beating the Warriors in their last two meetings the chance of a memorable hat-trick can inspire Cas in the tie of the round likely to be played in front of the BBC cameras.
“It’s a tough draw. There’s a couple there you would have liked to have avoided and Wigan away would have been one of them. But I reckon they will be looking at the draw and thinking ‘we might have wanted to avoid that one’ with the way we’re going at the moment,” said head coach Powell.
“We’ve been pretty good against them and while I’ve been at the club we’ve played them twice and won twice. Previous to that there was a close game at home last season so we can be pretty confident and we should have no fears.
“There’s a bit of water to go under the bridge before that game and you don’t know what’s going to happen in terms of the form and injuries and different things.
“We play them two weeks on the trot which always creates a bit of a different edge to it.
“There was an easier route to get through, but if you get to a semi-final having beaten somebody like Keighley at home it is a genuine semi-final place? I doubt that very much.
“So if we’re going to do it and want to be genuine about it then let’s have a go at one of the big boys – and they don’t come any bigger than the team that won everything last year.”
Powell was pleased with the way his team saw off Sheffield in last Sunday’s cup tie.
He said: “They threw a fair bit at us and obviously scored first. But we had enough quality to get the job done.
“The sort of things we did in attack were excellent. We’ve got some quality players who can do some special things with the ball so we’ve generally been able to score points this year and we were able to do it again.
“I thought we got a little bit shaky defensively late on in the game when we’d put our cue on the rack a little bit. But it was pleasing to get through.”