Powell praises Castleford’s resolve after narrow win over Hull FC

James Clare

There was one happy coach post-game, as Castleford boss Daryl Powell praises the efforts of his side in a narrow, see-sawing contest against Hull FC, one that saw his side come out on top and winning 30-28.

Trailing 16-6 at one stage, the Tigers fought back valiantly and snatched victory from Hull, courtesy of a lovely length of the field try from winger James Clare.

The win meant that Powell could celebrate a victory in his first match as coach at the Wish Communications Stadium.

Although pleased with the win, Powell knows that defence is the key area to work on also, as his side looks to give away less points.

“It was unbelievable to be honest,” Powell said.

“You didn’t know which way it was going to go from start to finish.

“I’m delighted for the team and delighted for the fans. It was good to see them at home at last.

“I’m obviously pleased to come out as winners but there are certainly some things we need to look at that we need to improve.

“We’re trying to cut down on the number wicked electronic cigarettes of points we concede but we worked so hard.”

It was heartbreak for Hull FC, who had Ben Crooks score four tries yet still lose.

It was also a game that saw Australian half Jacob Miller making his debut, as coach Peter Gentle was disappointed with some of his side’s defence and he sees a lot of potential in Miller, a player that will only get better.

“I am disappointed,” the Australian said.

“We didn’t give ourselves a chance. We didn’t deserve to win the game, we didn’t deserve to be that close.

“We are a mile from where we were a month ago. We lacked a bit of composure and defending the way we are puts pressure on you. We have a lot of work to do defensively.”

It was a rough first 40 minutes but Miller bounced back well in the second half, setting up two of the four tries scored by Crooks.

“He’s going to improve,” Gentle added. “If our middle are not doing their job, it doesn’t matter who we have out there, we’re not going to get the result.”

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