Wigan deserved the win, says Castleford boss Daryl Powell

Castleford coach Daryl Powell admitted his side were always chasing the game in their defeat at Wigan.

Wigan were 14-2 up midway through the first half, but Castleford fought back and only trailed 14-12 at the break.

The Warriors scored three unanswered tries in the second half though to pull off a convincing 28-12 win against Castleford.

And Powell admitted the result was a fair outcome.

He said: “I don’t think we showed the best of ourselves and Wigan deserved to win.

“Wigan built a lead and we were always chasing the game a little bit. We got back into it and then conceded a try straight after half time which was a really soft try to concede.

“Wigan’s outside backs are pretty quick and we weren’t ready for their try at the start of the second half. They were soft tries to concede, but that one straight after half time was really disappointing.

“We panicked a little bit and we made too many errors. We didn’t get any repeat sets which I thought we needed in the second half. Our skill was poor and we made too many errors which put us under pressure.”

Papua New Guinea star Garry Lo made his debut for Castleford after impressing while on loan at Championship side Sheffield Eagles this season.

Lo scored in his first ever Super League appearance, but Powell believes the best is yet to come from the Kumuls winger.

Powell added: “I thought he did well.

“He worked hard, he ran hard and he fatigued. It was his first game at this level and he has played a bit of international football, but I just thought he fatigued.

“He needs a bit of variety in his carries but I was pleased with his performance.

“It was a disappointing result, but there were some good lessons for us to take away and if we improve as a team because of it then it will be worthwhile moving down the track.”

Next up for the Tigers is a clash against local rivals Wakefield Trinity at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle on Friday, 7:45pm kick-off.

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