9th January 2019, 11:06 | Castleford
Castleford Tigers are a team on the up, with a young axis of attacking talent, efficient defence and a swashbuckling style. The disappointment of defeat in the semi-final shows how far the Tigers have come under Powell’s guidance. Top five is now a minimum, and the Tigers will be looking to make a run deep into the play-off series.
Tigers are the only team to have not made a signing during the off-season, Pete Mata’utia joined Tigers towards the end of last season and made a good impression. Super League’s Young Player of the Year Jake Trueman will be back after missing the play-offs through injury and will certainly add to that creative spark in Tigers’ backs.
Tigers have a team full of potential stars, but consistency is one of the key attributes to helping a team to become Champions. Paul McShane has been Mr. Consistent. Last year, McShane finished top of the Super League leader board in tackles and marker tackles, while assisting 27 tries, the second most in Super League.
Big miss, Luke Gale looks set to miss the majority of the season with a suspected ruptured Achilles tendon. The former Man Of Steel winner will be a big miss for Tigers, they played three months of the 2018 season without Gale after he dislocated his kneecap.
Under Daryl Powell’s reign Castleford Tigers have become play-off contenders, two-years of attacking rugby, a Grand Final against Leeds Rhinos and a semi-final loss against Wigan Warriors. This year we can expect more attacking rugby from Tigers and another shot at the play-offs, this time around they’ll want to change from being the nearly men to the Champions.
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Tigers started pre-season on the 30thDecember with a 56-0 win over local rivals Featherstone Rovers.