Powell hoping spirit sees Castleford through

Castleford Tigers coach Daryl Powell says that although they will be without their strike wing-centre partnership on Thursday night, he is hopeful that the club’s spirit will see them home against Huddersfield.

The Tigers take on their West Yorkshire rivals looking for their first win against the Giants in 2015 – but they will have to do it without captain Michael Shenton and winger Justin Carney.

Shenton is out injured with a shoulder problem, whilst Carney has been suspended by the club pending an internal investigation.

But Powell says the club cannot dwell on that double blow – they must adjust and hope their “spirit and durability” will help them out.

“Obviously it’s tough losing your captain and left winger when they’ve been so good for us this year but it’s a challenge we’ve got to face,” Powell said. “There’s no point worrying about what’s happened, we’ve got to just get on with it.

“One thing we’ve got is a pretty strong spirit and durability about us and we’ll be hoping to use that in our favour on Thursday night.”