We’re now approaching the mid-point of the Super League campaign and Daryl Powell’s Castleford Tigers are still clear at the top of the table.
After maturing into one of England’s most entertaining league sides last season, the Tigers focused primarily on improving their defensive skills in the off-season and that decision is certainly paying off.
Castleford have won 11 of their 14 Super League games so far this season, including last weekend’s 29-18 triumph against the Leeds Rhinos at Magic Weekend.
You only need to look at the Super League table to see how dominant the Tigers have been – they’ve scored more points (505) than anybody else and conceded fewer (232) than their rivals.
Salford Red Devils are currently just two points behind the Tigers in second spot, but head coach Powell will be quietly confident of a Castleford triumph this year.
Averaging 36 offensive points per game is some feat, but their achievement is even greater when you realise that the next best offensive record is Leeds’ 25.5 points per game. Nobody has come close to rivalling Castleford’s dominance so far this season.
With a few of Super League’s usual suspects struggling, this could be Castleford’s chance to cement themselves as an elite unit in the competition.
Wigan Warriors, Warrington Wolves and St Helens have all struggled to build momentum so far this season – of these three sides, only Wigan have a winning record as of 24th May.
— Castleford Tigers (@CTRLFC) May 21, 2017
The Tigers have been supreme at home this campaign, winning seven out of seven in all competitions. Neutrals were particularly impressed at the way they dispatched St Helens in May’s Challenge Cup clash in front of a sell-out crowd at The Jungle, and it would take a brave man to back against Castleford as they hunt a memorable league and cup double.
Powell’s side can push on and assert their dominance at the top of the table – they don’t really need to change anything. Castleford’s much improved defensive effort should give them a fantastic chance of winning the regular season title and a spot in Super League’s showpiece Grand Final event at Old Trafford beckons if they maintain their current form.
At the time of writing, Cas are a general 6/4 shot to win the Grand Final this season and Tigers fans will be relishing the chance to compete at Old Trafford.
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A maiden appearance in the Grand Final has to be Castleford’s ultimate objective after such a positive start to the campaign. Barring a major collapse, the Tigers will certainly be there or thereabouts at the business end of the season and Daryl Powell will be quietly confident of success this year.
Whether Cas have the strength in depth to win the Challenge Cup and go all the way to the Grand Final is unknown as of yet but nobody will be backing against them right now.
Castleford are by far and away Super League’s strongest and most consistent side and everybody should fear them.