Friday 28th March 2014
Story in brief:
Castleford Tigers Head Coach, Daryl Powell was delighted with the Tigers' performance following their 54-6 win over London Broncos at The Hive on Thursday evening.
Powell spoke after the game about his thoughts on the London win.
Did you think it was a very professional performance?
Yes, I thought after a short turn around (following the Salford Red Devils match last Sunday) that the boys were outstanding. Their approach and commitment for what they needed to do was superb.
Defensively, to keep a team to zero for 78 minutes is pretty difficult. There was a real focus in our game; we didn't get everything right but the attitude of the players is unquestionable.
We came up with some pretty smart things with the ball and we stepped up a level defensively, and that was probably the most pleasing thing.
Michael Shenton seemed to play a key role last night too.
He got a lot of the ball tonight; we had a purple patch during the second half where the ball was dominated by the left hand side and we came up with some smart players, whether that was deep in our own half or in the 20 metre area close to London's line.
He got some great service but he also did some pretty smart things. He's back to his best - he's been an international player before and he's got designs on doing that again and his form warrants it I think as he's playing some outstanding rugby league at the moment.
What's been the difference in his game recently?
I think he's happy to be back at Cas. He's had a little bit of time at St Helens, but he's been back a couple of years now and I think that he's playing with confidence. He certainly looks he's enjoying his rugby league.
He's getting great service as well and if you're getting that as a centre then it's obviously going to help your game. He looks in fantastic shape too - he looks quick and he's a very athletic player.
He's doing some great things and defensively he's rock solid. His athleticism allows him to get out of difficult situations very well. But overall he's playing with confidence and that's big players.
The team as a whole have a bit of something about them; they're a determined bunch and they're working exceptionally hard for each other. All that as a combination means that the players are playing well and they're enjoying what they're doing. It's a big picture thing that enables players to play their best form.
James Clare and Jamie Ellis were brought in, were you pleased with their performance?
I thought James Clare did some pretty special things to be honest like cleaning up behind our try line and his tap 20 urgency was fantastic. I thought that he was great in the air when he had to be. It was a very good performance from him tonight.
He's been patiently sitting there waiting for an opportunity and I thought that he took it magnificently tonight.
We've got four outstanding wingers at the club and selecting them is tough.
The players are playing well in every position at the moment; I thought Jamie Ellis was good at half-back in his first game of the season, so it was good to see him out there. He got better as the game went on and played a little bit at nine too.
We're building up our options and with Ryan Boyle and Ashley Gibson coming back, who played on Wednesday night for York City Knights reserves, we've got an ability to put strong teams out which will maintain our freshness throughout the year.
Photo: Melanie Allatt.