The 2018 ver­sion of Cas is tak­ing shape – Pow­ell

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - RUGBY LEAGUE - DAVE CRAVEN

DARYL POW­ELL says peo­ple are now be­gin­ning to see what his 2018 Castle­ford Tigers side are po­ten­tially ca­pa­ble of.

Eng­land scrum-half Luke Gale kicked su­perbly to set last sea­son’s Grand Fi­nal­ists on the path to a ruth­less 41-0 destruc­tion of Su­per League’s bot­tom club Cata­lans Dragons and Pow­ell ad­mit- ted: “Luke Gale’s kick­ing well at the mo­ment. He and Ben Roberts con­trolled the game.

“That’s the best Benny Roberts has played this sea­son and we de­fended su­perbly.

“It’s al­ways pleas­ing to keep a side out com­pletely.

“De­fen­sively the right edge was su­perb, led by the way Jake Web­ster de­fended. Ev­ery­one had a big im­pact off the bench as well. The pack was go­ing well any­way and Liam Watts did a great job play­ing al­most the whole first half.

“But then ev­ery­one who came made an im­pact.

“We are start­ing to see light at the end of the tun­nel as to what the team can become be­cause ev­ery sea­son is dif­fer­ent.”

Cata­lans coach Steve McNa­mara was left be­moan­ing a wretched dis­play from his team.

They have just two wins all year and – af­ter blow­ing a 21-0 lead against Wigan the week be­fore – never even got go­ing at Whel­don Road in an alarm­ing dis­play.

“It’s clearly dis­ap­point­ing and that per­for­mance was un­ac­cept­able,” said the former Brad­ford Bulls and Eng­land coach.

“We’ve made some big strides the last cou­ple of weeks but that was a huge step back­wards for us.

“We con­ceded five tries off kicks which tells you in the small ar­eas of the game – the lit­tle ef­fort ar­eas – weren’t there for us for what­ever rea­son.

“Castle­ford did a great job on us at the start of the match and Luke Gale put in an ar­ray of dif­fer­ent kicks.

“But it wasn’t good enough from us. Phys­i­cally we weren’t there.”

DARYL POW­ELL: Castle­ford coach hailed the per­for­mances of Banny Roberts and Luke Gale.

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