Daryl Powell is hoping Castleford bounce back
Powell’s Tigers were unbeaten prior to last Sunday’s dismal defeat at Salford and he is keen to set the record straight.
Castleford’s vintage stadium, known as the Jungle, is widely regarded as one the most intimidating arenas in rugby league and Powell wants his men to make home advantage pay.
Over 2,000 travelling supporters were left disappointed at Salford last week and head coach Powell said: “It’s great to be at home again and it’s important we turn up and put on a good show for the fans.
“There’s always a great atmosphere at Cas, but we know that wherever we’ve been this year we’ve been supported superbly.
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“There was another huge following at Salford, but unfortunately we couldn’t give them what they deserved. We’re looking forward to being at home again this weekend.”
Catalans are notoriously inconsistent away from their Perpignan base, where they were beaten by St Helens last weekend.
Powell added: “They lost a tight game against Saints and got belted the week before against Leeds, so they’ve shown both sides of themselves.
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“They can be very, very good, as they showed at the start of the season, and they can be a little bit loose.
Castleford's stadium is viewed as a fortress
“But we can’t worry too much about them, we need to look after ourselves and make sure our standards are back where they need to be to give ourselves a chance of an excellent performance.”
Joel Monaghan replaces the injured Greg Minikin on the wing for Castleford while Rangi Chase should feature after a three-match absence for disciplinary reasons.
Catalans forward Louis Anderson is back from injury and replaces Mickael Simon in the only change to the team that lost to St Helens.