Castleford Tigers coach Daryl Powell calls for a strong finish

Last Updated July 28 2018, 12:39Rugby League

Castleford coach Daryl Powell is urging his side to finish the regular Super League season on a high when they take on wooden spoonists Widnes at the Halton Stadium on Sunday.

While the Vikings are guaranteed to finish bottom for the second successive season, the Tigers can climb above Warrington into third place and move to within a point of second-placed Wigan going into the Super 8s.

Powell is seeking a response from his players to their 32-18 home defeat by Huddersfield but knows Widnes will be no pushovers, having bolstered their team for their Qualifiers campaign with the addition of former Castleford scrum-half Liam Finn and ex-Wigan, Salford and Leigh forward Harrison Hansen.

Powell said: "We didn't do what we wanted to do last week so there is a response element to this Sunday's match.

"Widnes have done a fair bit of recruiting this week so we need to be mindful of it being a tough game, away from home and on a different surface.

"There are two points up for grabs that could be absolutely crucial for us. It's important that we finish on a high."

Castleford will also have a new signing in their team, with Peter Mata'utia set to become their seventh full-back of the season following his arrival from Leigh.

The Tigers also have England second rower Mike McMeeken back from injury to help offset the loss of Matt Cook and Grant Millington in the defeat by the Giants.

Powell has also lost the services of centre Jake Webster so brings in youngsters Calum Turner and Jacques O'Neill.

Widnes' interim head coach Francis Cummins welcomes back centre or second rower Chris Dean for his first game for three months after recovering from a torn bicep as they look to end a 15-match losing run.


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