Daryl Powell once more counting injuries as casualties hit double figures

Daryl Powell confirmed after last night’s defeat to Catalans that the Tigers had suffered yet more injuries to take the casualty list into double figures.

“Jacques O’Neill has done his hamstring, it’s the same hamstring he did a few weeks back so it’s disappointing for him,” Powell said.

“He was going well out there which was frustrating and Alex Foster got a whack to his face so he will get an X-ray.

“That’s the game at the moment but what we we are expecting of players is so much.”

With Liam Watts playing in the unusual position of halfback, Powell said how tough it was for the prop.

“Liam Watts got a whack, but I think he’ll be alright – players like him and Joe Westerman think they are stand-offs, they’ve got good rugby brains and can pass the ball.

“It’s a little bit different doing it in that position though! He did his best with it, it was really hard.

“He hasn’t trained there, we haven’t trained him there because Jordan Turner pulled out with a slight hamstring tweak and Jake Trueman had an injection in his back, but I don’t know any further details as it was late yesterday.

“It’s pretty impossible to piece a team together – Jason Qareqare got contact traced from his school after the team run.

“It’s a crazy world – it was a real tough game and we battled so hard.”

Despite coming up against reigning champions St Helens next week, the Castleford boss is looking forward to it.

“I just want to get a team together that looks something like – whenever we’ve done that this year we’ve been good both sides of the ball, but it’s been so hard to do that for varying reasons.

“That’s the focus at the moment to get a consistent team together.

“We played Warrington two weeks before the semi-final, so it doesn’t really make a difference but we will look forward to playing them.

“It’s always a big game down here against St Helens.”

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