Castleford need to improve if we make the play-offs, says Daryl Powell

Castleford coach Daryl Powell knows his side will have to improve should they manage to secure a Super League play-off spot.
The Tigers face a nervous wait to find out whether they have made the five.
They started with Hull before the fittings and, if the Black and Whites beat St Helens on Friday, as a result of this reduction, their season will soon be over.
“We turned up tonight wanting to keep it within our own hands but we were not great enough,” Powell told Sky Sports.
“It is disappointing but we’ll find out what happens if Hull see off St Helens then fair play .
“For us, well we will need to improve a reasonable bit on this anyway – especially the second half. Our assaulting game was bad all night, it was dull but Wigan defended. We are not good enough in the minute when teams are protecting against us”
Castleford’d Jesse Sene-Lefao shipped off in the second half to going in with all the knees on Oliver Partington.
Powell stated:”We dropped our subject a little and I just said to them that we can not be doing that – Jesse would not have meant to do so. I really don’t believe there was any intent from him he does not head out to do anything similar to this and is a man that is pretty.
“I really don’t think there was lots of contact, I believed his knee struck the ground ”
Wigan trainer Adrian Lam paid tribute to the defence of his own side as the Warriors secured second place.
George Williams, Zak Hardaker, Joe Greenwood, Oliver Gildart and Morgan Smithies all crossed for tries as they set up a home play-off tie Friday against either Salford or Warrington.
“We were not perfect with the ball but I thought we were incredibly amazing,” said Lam.
“The defence happy me , that and with two senior players in Ben Flower and Sean O’Loughlin back. I am really happy they got throughout the game.”
Lam confessed the clash with Castleford was the preparation for those play-offs.
“I said to them at the beginning of the week that this is the kind of game which we desire and need,” the Warriors coach stated.
“I thought it would be down to 2 things, we prepped that it would be a two-point game and it was half-time.
“Our try-line defence has been outstanding. We were and then we scored and went up the other end. That is brilliant so I was really proud of these .”

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