Powell hails 'massive' win

Donlan admits Tigers were "poor" after suffering heavy away defeat

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Powell hails 'massive' win

Rob Powell: full of praise for his Australian half-back pairing of Gower and Witt

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London Broncos coach Rob Powell hailed a "massive win" for his side after they picked up their first points with a 42-16 triumph over Castleford.

David Howell crossed for two of the home team's eight tries at the Twickenham Stoop, although it was the half-back pairing of Craig Gower and Michael Witt who were singled out for special praise by their coach.

Gower touched down in the first half to help give the Broncos a narrow lead at the break, while Witt's kicking game caused the Tigers all sorts of problems.

Powell now hopes the capital club can kick on after finally getting off the mark for the 2012 campaign at the sixth attempt.

"We have talked about what these guys are capable of and today they put it into practice," he said.

"I thought Witt had a really good game - he has been struggling for confidence a bit but today he was the player we know he can be.

"It has been a testing time for us and the confidence has been knocked.

"But with players like Witt, Gower and Dan Sarginson we know we have the offensive flair.

"Today was a massive win for us - we know we have been playing better than our record suggests but this gets us moving."

Key duo

Tigers assistant coach Stuart Donlan, still standing in while Ian Millward is away on compassionate leave following the death of his son Robbie, admitted the visitors had singled out Gower and Witt as players to watch.

He said: "We spoke all week about Witt and Gower and their abilities and they kept coming straight through us."

Donlan also admitted the Tigers paid the price for relying too much on the abilities of England international Rangi Chase.

They were in contention when Ryan McGoldrick crossed at the start of the half but fell away badly in the closing stages, conceding three tries in the final 13 minutes.

"We relied too much on Rangi Chase and it is tough on one man to carry a team like that," he added. "There are 13 men out there and they need to do their bit.

"We were poor at best today and we have a lot of work to do before we play again."

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