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Super League: Daryl Powell and Craig Sandercock both praise Castleford Tigers
It was a great performance from everyone out there. I thought defensively we were superb. We got put under a lot of pressure.
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Castleford coach Daryl Powell hailed the influence of Liam Finn after the half-back helped the Tigers defeat Hull KR 30-10 at the KC Lightstream Stadium.
The Tigers made it three wins from three so far in the new Super League season with an impressive victory on their travels.
Finn played his part to prove there is life after Rangi Chase; the current Castleford stand-off was sin-binned for a suspected chicken-wing tackle in the first half, though Powell felt the decision was harsh.
"The biggest question I've been asked was where our points were going to come from and I said probably from all over because we've a lot of good players," he said.
"Liam Finn has been an outstanding player in the Championship for a fair while.
"He's a calm head, he knows where he wants to pick defences off and I think his execution has been excellent.
"His kicking game is pretty tidy and he's been tough defensively. Everyone has a pop at him but I thought he was great again tonight.
"I thought he (Finn) was unlucky to be sin-binned. I didn't see an awful lot in that."
Richard Owen marked his first appearance of the campaign with a hat-trick of tries, rewarding the decision by his coach to start him ahead of Kirk Dixon on the wing.
"Kirk Dixon has been playing really well but we've a squad in which some of the players are close to each other in terms of their ability and the form they showed in pre-season," Powell added.
"I thought Richard deserved an opportunity to play. He played well and I've got to pick a team next week. They're the difficult decisions you want.
"It was a great performance from everyone out there. I thought defensively we were superb. We got put under a lot of pressure.
"I don't think our game management was the best it could have been but we've got a group of people who are working so hard for each other defensively.
"I thought when we got in good field position we looked like we were going to score pretty much every time we got there. We just didn't get there that often."
As for Hull KR, head coach Craig Sandercock was full of praise for Castleford but admitted his side missed opportunities to score, particularly in the second half.
"Cas were way too good," he said."They are playing really good footie.
"We had a lot of opportunities but we keep letting teams off the hook. Our execution is nowhere near where it should be at this time of year."
Already without front row pair Michael Weyman and Justin Poore through suspension, the Robins lost Jamie Langley before kick-off and Jonny Walker with a knee injury after 17 minutes.
Langley, who was concussed at Huddersfield last Sunday, was cleared by Rovers' medical staff but prevented from playing by a directive from the Rugby Football League, who have clamped down on the issue this year.
"We thought we had a strong case because straight after the game at Huddersfield he had absolutely no symptoms of concussion," Sandercock said.
"Hopefully it will be enforced for every other club. I'm really big on player welfare myself. There is no way I'd let one of my players play with the slightest doubt."
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