Cup can create huge excitement, says Daryl Powell

Castleford Tigers coach Daryl Powell has targeted a major run in the Challenge Cup this year – admitting that they know from experience how much of a buzz a cup run can create at a club.

The Tigers famously made it all the way to the final two years ago, losing out to Leeds Rhinos after a memorable run to Wembley.

They were dumped out at the first attempt last year when they lost to Hull FC, and Powell is identifying another big cup run to create the “great sense of excitement” the club got two years ago.

“Obviously the Challenge Cup is a great competition for this club; a couple of years ago we were in the final and we’d like to do something similar if we can,” he said.

“Once you get to the latter stages it creates a great sense of excitement. It certainly did a couple of years ago with us.”

However, Powell refused to look too far down the track, insisting his side’s only focus is on today’s opponents Salford.

“We are going to try and get ourselves to the latter stages if we can, but you can only take it one game at a time and Salford have looked pretty good this year.”

Powell’s injury-hit squad could be boosted with a number of returning stars today. Jake Webster, Luke Dorn, Junior Moors and Larne Patrick could all come back into contention for the Tigers – who were without a host of stars for last week’s defeat to St Helens.