Victory fails to bring smile to Powell’s face

Oliver Holmes of Castleford breaks through the Wakefield defence
Oliver Holmes of Castleford breaks through the Wakefield defence
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Castleford Tigers coach Daryl Powell was far from happy about his side’s 43-20 victory over Wakefield Trinity Wildcats, writes Dave Craven.

They responded with the right result after last week’s heartbreaking late defeat against leaders St Helens but he was not pleased with the quality of their showing in yesterday’s derby.

Lowly Wakefield only trailed 26-20 heading into the final quarter.

“We spoke at half-time about there only being a 65 per cent effort,” admitted Powell.

“We were a fair bit off and never really got going.

“Wakefield did some stuff on us that caused us some trouble and we conceded some soft tries from kicks. Overall, it was one of our worst performances, but we did show a fair bit of resolve.

“We tidied our game up towards the back end and Wakefield tired like we thought they might. But we were uncomfortable all the way through and we certainly need to improve for Warrington.”

Wakefield coach Richard Agar saw his side fall to a fifth straight defeat and also lost captain Danny Kirmond to a quad injury inside the opening 10 minutes.

“We were encouraging in parts but that’s the biggest issue – it’s just spells,” he said.

“Our ability to tough it out when we’re tired is the issue for us.

“We came up with some poor one-on-one misses early doors, worked our way back in and challenged them second half but then ran out of gas

“We need to help ourselves a little bit more and show more toughness.”