“We wanted to move the game” Daryl Powell reveals as stars take children out of school

With a Challenge Cup final at Wembley on the horizon, Castleford head coach Daryl Powell first has to get through the task of Salford as they visit the Jungle on Sunday.

But, Powell has revealed that he tried to get that Sunday fixture moved to an earlier date.

“It’s a Sunday into a Saturday Challenge Cup final which says it all really,” Powell joked.

“Obviously we wanted to play on Tuesday and that didn’t happen which creates a whole host of issues – take head knocks for example, anyone gets one and they can’t play the final.

“We wanted to move the game but couldn’t because of Covid – it’s an impossible task really.”

Powell also explained how some of his players are going the extra mile to ensure the side isn’t disrupted for next weekend’s Wembley date.

“For the last few weeks, we’ve been talking about not going anywhere that is going to open you up as an individual (to Covid) and us as a club,”

“There’s not much you can do if wives are going to jobs and kids are at school; with infections it is so hard.

“But there have been some serious sacrifices made by some of our players, taking kids out of school ten days before the final and wives working from home.”

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