Powell slates ‘ridiculous’ display

Published: Friday 13th March 2015 by The News Editor

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Castleford coach Daryl Powell did not mince his words after watching his side go down 22-0 to Huddersfield in the “worst game of rugby league I’ve seen in a long time”.

Powell was furious over his side’s calamitous display in the First Utility Super League clash, which came just seven days after their impressive 42-14 triumph over Wigan.

“I can’t explain to you how disappointed I am,” he said. “It was ridiculous that the team has come up with that effort.

“To be that bad for the whole game, I find it really difficult to take.

“There are some players – and I won’t name them – who I’ve never seen play as badly. Hopefully I will never have to live through that again. It was appalling.

“There was that much wrong with the performance, I’d need a long sheet of paper to describe it. It was the worst game of rugby league I’ve seen in a long time and the worst performance since I’ve been at Castleford.

“Spirit was missing and the boys have got to cop a whack on the chin for that.

” The attitude and application just wasn’t there from start to finish. We never got out of first gear and obviously we’ve got to find the reasons for that.

“It’s not been a great start to the season. I thought we’d turned the corner last week but today showed we’ve still got some issues.”

Powell’s sentiments were echoed by full-back Luke Dorn, who captained the side in the absence of the injured Michael Shenton.

“We were horrendous,” Dorn said. “We were soft in every department. I felt sorry for everyone who had to watch it.”

Huddersfield were little better in an error-strewn first half, but former Castleford man Jamie Ellis made up for a couple of blunders with a solo try just before the break and they went on to cruise to a second successive victory that lifts them to fifth in the table.

“We’ve seen tonight what we’re capable of,” Giants coach Paul Anderson said. “I thought collectively we worked hard for each other. Hard work makes you lucky and that was a win for effort.

“Imagine how good we could be if we kept hold of the ball. We gifted 50 per cent of our ball away in the first half through poor skill.

“Jamie Ellis dropped a couple of balls but I was really pleased with how he responded.”

Tries from substitute forward Ukuma Ta’ai and left winger Aaron Murphy enabled the Giants to take a stranglehold on the game and right winger Jermaine McGillvary rounded off a man-of-the-match display with a fourth try just before the end.

McGillvary’s duel with Castleford’s blockbusting winger Justin Carney was the highlight of an otherwise drab match.

“If that was a tennis match, he’s won that set to love,” Anderson said. “He’s outplayed a very good player.”

Published: Friday 13th March 2015 by The News Editor

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