CASTLEFORD TIGERS coach Daryl Powell is hoping he can sleep soundly after his team’s meeting with visitors St Helens tomorrow.
Powell has admitted to “waking up at 3am absolutely fuming” about last week’s 58-16 home drubbing by Hull KR.
Rovers, who had been beaten by Championship part-timers Oldham in their previous game, scored 38 unanswered points in the second half to leave Powell shellshocked and demanding a response as Castleford aim to get their floundering season back on course.
“It was one of the worst performances I have been involved in,” Powell said of the 11 tries to three rout.
“It was hugely disappointing. I thought our first half was pretty bad, but we were in the battle and pretty close.
“What we did to ourselves in the second half and allowed Hull KR to do to us was nothing short of calamitous.
“It was really poor on every level and we have got a bit of responding to do.”
It was the second time this season Castleford had conceded more than 50 points, following a 56-12 defeat at Warrington in March.
“The disappointing thing for me is we spoke about this five or six weeks go and we’ve gone through it as a team,” Powell added.
“We have said ‘come on boys, this is clearly unacceptable and there has to be a real focus on doing your job, making sure you get your job done and you are not distracted’.
“We need a real response this week and the players are aware of that.
“Somewhere in individual players’ minds, there’s something not quite right and that’s what we have got to fix up.
“There has to be a consistency of effort and determination to get the job done on a weekly basis,” he said.
“You can put your head in the sand or sweep things under the carpet, or you can stick your chest out, dust yourself down and get on with it.
“That’s what I am hoping happens and I am pretty confident it will, but you play at your best against St Helens and it is a tough game, so we have to be at our best.”
Powell added: “It is about moving on now and making up for it and making sure our next performance is a good one. I can’t crack any more whips, I have worn all my whips out this week, so we will see how we go. I am confident there will be a response and it needs to be a really tough, aggressive, positive one.”
Saints began Super League round 13 in fifth spot, two places and three points ahead of Castleford.
They have been inconsistent this season, but beat Leeds Rhinos 38-34 last week and Powell said: “They are a bit up and down, but they are tough.
“The team is a good one. They will have been disappointed with some of their performances, but when they play well they are a real challenge.
“You have to play at your best to get over the top of them and that is what we are aiming to do.”