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Super League: Daryl Powell delighted with Castleford players
Overall I thought it was a fantastic effort by a group of blokes who were really committed, enthusiastic and determined in everything that they were doing.
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Castleford head coach Daryl Powell was delighted with his players after the 54-12 win over Hull KR took the Tigers to within two points of top spot.
Cas are showing no signs of letting up in the race to Old Trafford, and their coach is enjoying watching his team play.
"I thought we played really well in the first 40 (minutes)," he said. "We've had some really good halves of rugby league this season, but obviously to nil a team like Hull KR is a great effort defensively.
"With the ball we just look so vibrant at times. When we open our game up, we come up with some special things, so obviously delighted to get the win.
"Overall I thought it was a fantastic effort by a group of blokes who were really committed, enthusiastic and determined in everything that they were doing."
Powell admitted Castleford, who face Wigan in the Tetley's Challenge Cup quarter-finals next week, are ahead of where he expected them to be at this stage of the campaign.
"It's tough to expect we would have won as many games as we have," he added.
"As we have created a platform for ourselves, we are always reassessing where we are at and what we need to do to maintain where we are.
"We are obviously trying to improve as well, and I think the signs are we are improving on a weekly basis."
Opposite number Craig Sandercock paid tribute to the Tigers while admitting his huge disappointment with Rovers' performance, which was not helped by the second-half dismissal of Michael Weyman for dissent.
"There are no positives," he said. "That first 20 minutes we needed a lot better. We got too frustrated and went off our game-plan.
"The boys have got to learn when things go against them not to react in a negative way and we did that today.
"We paid the ultimate price and full credit to Cas - they were red hot. Everything they did turned to gold and that is why they are up at the top of the ladder."
On Weynan's sending-off, he added: "I thought it was a yellow card. I need to get some clarity on that. It was disappointing he got sent off, that's for sure."
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Super League Table
|9||Hull K R||21||18|
|10||Salford Red Devils||21||17|
|13||Bradford Bulls *||21||2|
|Thursday 24th July|
|20:00||Hull vs Castleford|
|Friday 25th July|
|20:00||Salford vs Leeds|
|20:00||St Helens vs Widnes|
|Saturday 26th July|
|15:00||London Broncos vs Hull K R|
|Sunday 27th July|
|15:00||Bradford vs Wigan|
|15:00||Huddersfield vs Catalan Dragons|
|15:00||Warrington vs Wakefield|
|Thursday 31st July|
|20:00||Wigan vs Salford|
|Friday 1st August|
|19:00||Catalan Dragons vs Warrington|
|20:00||Hull vs St Helens|
|Sunday 20th July|
|Hull K R 18 - 38 Salford|
|Huddersfield 52 - 26 Bradford|
|Saturday 19th July|
|Catalan Dragons 40 - 6 Wakefield|
|London Broncos 16 - 58 St Helens|
|Friday 18th July|
|Wigan 56 - 10 Hull|
|Widnes 28 - 14 Warrington|
|Thursday 17th July|
|Leeds 24 - 24 Castleford|
|Sunday 13th July|
|Warrington 72 - 12 London Broncos|
|Saturday 12th July|
|Catalan Dragons 16 - 37 Wigan|
|Salford 35 - 22 Hull|
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