Video: Powell blasts ‘bored’ players after Cup exit

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ANNOYED Daryl Powell says his side have no mental staying power after claiming they got “bored” during Saturday’s Challenge Cup sixth-round defeat at Hull FC.

They battled back from 16-0 down to trail just 16-14 after an hour.

Castleford Tigers head coach Daryl Powell.

Castleford Tigers head coach Daryl Powell.

However, despite having all the momentum and the hosts being hampered by injuries to three players, last season’s beaten finalists then managed to implode spectacularly as they conceded 24 unanswered points in the final 19 minutes.

Powell, whose side have now already lost eight of their 15 games this season after a splendid 2014, questioned his players’ desire and maturity.

“We’re getting in fights and then just getting bored of it,” he said. “We’re just not good enough at the moment.

“When it comes to the games that are tight we get bored and fed up of staying in the fight. I’m getting bored of us getting bored. I’ve had enough of it. The players have to get a grip of how we go about our business.

“We just need to mature as a team. I don’t think we’ve really improved that much. We have some games where we look like the real deal but there’s no consistency.

“Obviously the Challenge Cup is a massive competition for us and we just haven’t done ourselves justice today over 80 minutes.”

Powell added: “We had a chance (to win) at 16-14 but our game management was poor and we made too many errors.

“We are changing the team a lot with injuries and everything but I am getting tired of us losing games like this.”