Powell delighted with Castleford progression

Daryl Powell praised the way in which his side remained resolute in their 36-22 victory over Wigan.

Following quickfire Wigan tries, the Tigers were forced to absorb heavy pressure on their line for a prolonged period before Ryan Hampshire and Oliver Holmes scored late tries to secure victory.

And that aspect of his team’s performance delighted Powell.

“That’s a big win for us and for a large part of the game we were excellent.

“We’ve changed our mentality since the Warrington game when we were 18-16 up at half-time and ended up losing because we were blown apart in the second half.

“We talked about that afterwards and made some changes. We can clearly score points but it’s evident that we have to defend better and I was really pleased as, although we conceded 22 points, I thought we were fantastic in defence for large periods.”

Powell also saved praise for Denny Solomona, who moved to within eight tries of breaking Super League’s record for tries scored in a season following his hat-trick.

“I thought his all-round game was superb – generally when you talk about Denny you speak about try-scoring but I thought he showed he really wanted to win that game.

“His work in back field, bringing the ball off our tryline was outstanding and he was really tough in everything he did… and obviously his try-scoring is particularly good.”