Powell at a loss to explain “worst” Castleford performance

Castleford Tigers coach Daryl Powell insists last night’s performance against Huddersfield Giants was the worst he’s seen during his time at the club – and admits he was left speechless by how poor his side were.

The Tigers were way off the pace in the 22-0 defeat to the Giants, a result which leaves Cas with just one win from their opening five games of the season.

And Powell described the game in general as “ridiculous” and the worst he’s seen in a long time, as well as pulling no punches about his team’s performance.

“It’s the worst performance since I’ve been at Castleford,” he said.

“The disappointing thing is just the spirit and the attitude that was missing, and the boys have got to cop a whack on the chin for that. The first half they were just as bad as us, it was a ridiculous game of rugby league. They got a little bit better and we’ve certainly got some work to do.

“It’s the worst game of rugby league I’ve seen in a long time. I’m speechless. It was a really poor performance from us and most of the players were off their games. We just couldn’t pull our game together.”

Powell also said there were some members of his team who produced the worst individual performances he’s ever seen from them – although he wouldn’t go as far as naming them.

“I find it ridiculous that the team has come up with that kind of effort. I won’t name names but there are some players there who I’ve never seen play as badly as that. Some of the things the boys were doing I’ve never seen before.

“If I’d had a pillow there I could have probably fallen asleep,” added Powell.

“I thought our attitude and application just was not there. For it to be that bad across the whole of the game I find really difficult to take as a coach.”