Super League: St Helens coach Nathan Brown praises Castleford Tigers ahead of meeting
St Helens coach Nathan Brown claims Castleford have been the 'best side in Super League so far this season'.
Last Updated: 10/04/14 5:01pm
The division's top two prepare to go head to head in Friday's Sky Live clash, with St Helens looking to stretch their winning start to the season to eight games.
Castleford have already beaten Wigan at The Jungle this year and a win by nine points on Friday would lift them above Saints into top spot.
"They're playing terrific footie," said Brown. "I don't think at the start of the year anyone would have expected either us or Cas to be where we are at this stage.
"But they are where they are through playing good footie, it's not a fluke. They scored 36 points against a very good Wigan side and that proved they're the real deal."
Castleford coach Daryl Powell says a top-eight spot is the club's realistic goal this year but concedes the visit of the leaders, who have won their last 11 meetings with the Yorkshiremen, will provide him with a yardstick to measure their potential.
"Saints have clearly been the best side this season so this is a massive test for us," Powell said. "We should know a fair bit more about ourselves."
The match will mark the 414th Super League appearance of St Helens skipper Paul Wellens, who will break the record set by Leeds centre Keith Senior in 2011.
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