Castleford Tigers coach Daryl Powell has backed his now-infamous rotation policy ahead of their trip to Warrington Wolves – saying he trusts all the players in his squad to get the job done against the Wolves.
Powell has rested the likes of Michael Shenton, Luke Dorn and Daryl Clark ahead of next weekend’s Challenge Cup Final against Leeds Rhinos, with the likes of Jordan Tansey and Brad Day expected to fill in at the Halliwell Jones Stadium on Friday night.
And the Tigers coach pointed to the Easter Monday result against the Wolves – when the Tigers rested eight players, yet still ran out heavy winners against the Wolves – as an indicator that no matter who pulls on the shirt, they should be trusted to do the job.
“It all comes down to trusting your squad and the players you’ve signed,” Powell said. “We’ve shown this year that we can compete with anybody; the last time we played against Warrington we rested quite a lot of players then – and the guys that came in delivered.
“I don’t see it as a major problem; obviously we’ve got to fight on both fronts but you’ve got to be sensible with your team selection throughout the year.
“We haven’t had the same 17, 18 or 19 guys who’ve played all year, we’ve given everyone an opportunity to do the job. If we roll around to the end of the season and the boys are still fresh then I think we’ve done a good job in coping with it.”