Super League: Castleford's Daryl Powell expecting a stern Leeds Rhinos test
Daryl Powell knows Castleford will have to be at their best to come out on top against league leaders Leeds on Thursday.
Last Updated: 07/05/14 10:42am
Currently third in the Super League table, Castleford have already beaten champions Wigan at home this season and the Rhinos are next to charge into town on Thursday.
The game will pitch the league's top points scorers - Castleford - against the best defence, with the Rhinos having only conceded 94 points in 11 games so far.
To add spice to the occasion, the home fans will be especially up for the game, which is being shown live on Sky Sports.
Powell said: "For the fans, it'll have a big sticker underneath it, all the pins are in it - this is the game we want to really get down to.
"And it'll be a special atmosphere for that very reason - that the fans absolutely love this game and they'll want us to really get stuck into Leeds and give them a hell of a time.
"When we're on the front foot, I think we're as good as anybody. We play some pretty sharp rugby league, we've got plenty of skill in the team, we've got some big fellas in the middle who are playing outstandingly well.
"So the package that is Castleford Tigers at the moment, I think they are playing a brand of rugby league that is really, really good."
But Powell, a former Rhinos head coach, knows the Tigers will also have to stop the counterattacking threat posed by Leeds' full-back Zak Hardaker and wingers Ryan Hall and Tom Briscoe.
Powell added: "You can't give them any space and sometimes it's very difficult not to give them space. At some point they're going to get some space to come at you.
"People like Ryan Hall 107 kilos and Briscoe's as strong as a bull and Zak Hardaker who runs like an antelope, there's threats everywhere."
Don't miss any of the action from the Mend-A-Hose Stadium on Thursday as Castleford Tigers play host to leaders Leeds Rhinos live on Sky Sports 3HD from 7.30pm.