Plenty to work on for Powell
Castleford Tigers head coach Daryl Powell was left disappointed by his side's indiscipline and overall attitude in their defeat to Featherstone Rovers on Boxing Day.
Powell left a number of established first-team stars out of the friendly fixture, and Featherstone emerged comfortable winners.
But, despite the non-competitive nature of the contest, the Tigers boss had some strong words for his players at full-time and refused to blame the referee, after Castleford conceded a string of penalties throughout the 80 minutes.
"I don't think the guy in the middle was great, but it wasn't about him, it was about us and I thought our discipline was poor. We gave some pretty average penalties away and that cost us at various stages of the match," said Powell.
"Obviously we've got a lot of good players to come back. There were a significant number of our better players who didn't play, but still I would expect a Castleford team to play with a better attitude than that, so we have some work to do in the next month.
"Overall, we didn't get a lot out of that," Powell added.
"I thought we were poor, I thought our attitude was poor and that was the beginning and the end of it for me, especially after we'd spoken a lot about attitude and how important the game was."
Castleford lifted the League Leaders Shield in 2017, but were defeated by Leeds Rhinos in the Grand Final.
They begin the new Super League season with a trip to face St Helens on Friday 2nd February, with Cas 6.00 to win the Grand Final, while Leeds are 151.00 and St Helens 1.90.
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