Super League: Castleford coach Daryl Powell praises Justin Carney
Last Updated: 23/02/14 7:24pm
Castleford coach Daryl Powell feels there were some "good signs" in his side's victory over Catalan Dragons - but insisted there's also still more to come from the Tigers.
Justin Carney scored a hat-trick of tries to help the hosts ease to a 32-6 triumph over their French opponents at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle on Sunday.
"You are better having him (Justin Carney) on your side than the other side."
The result means the Tigers are now tied at the top of the Super League table on four points, having opened their season with an away win at Bradford. They actually sit at the summit on points difference, two ahead of St Helens.
"We've shown we've got a little bit of something about us," Powell said.
"Obviously defensively today we've got to be happy with conceding six points against a team that have been outstanding over the last few years in Super League. And we've scored over 30 points in our first two games.
"There's quite a few people who doubted we'd be able to score points after what we've recruited and what we've lost, and I think we've sort of answered a few of those questions today.
"I'm pretty pleased with the overall effort but there's still loads of improvement in us as well. We're not going to fall in love with ourselves too much but there are some good signs there."
Powell picked out Carney for special praise, the Australian having touched down twice in the first half before going on to complete his treble just a minute from time.
"You are better having him on your side than the other side," Powell said. "He's certainly a handful.
"You want to give him as much space as you can and he got some space today. But there were other times when he didn't have much space and he made things happen, and that's Justin Carney.
"He's a difficult player to handle, no question about that."
Defeat means the Dragons return to Perpignan still in search of their first point in 2014 - and coach Laurent Frayssinous pulled no punches when assessing their performance against Castleford.
"It's embarrassing the desire the players put on the field today. Cas were too good for us," said Frayssinous.
"Defensively that's too many tries in two games for me.
"I was not really surprised by Castleford's performance. I was more surprised by our very poor performance. I didn't expect a performance like that."
He also wasn't too happy with the officials either, adding: "We were not rewarded by the ref (Tim Roby). We were always being penalised. I think the ruck was too slow - it became a defensive game, not an offensive game."
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Thu 16th Apr
Wigan Warriors30 - 20Warrington Wolves
Fri 17th Apr
St Helens16 - 41Leeds Rhinos
Sun 19th Apr
Huddersfield Giants38 - 14Catalans Dragons
Widnes Vikings46 - 16Castleford Tigers
Thu 23rd Apr
Wakefield WildcatsvsWigan Warriors
Fri 24th Apr
Hull FC0 - 0Huddersfield Giants
Leeds RhinosvsWarrington Wolves
St Helens0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Sat 25th Apr
Catalans DragonsvsHull K R
Sun 26th Apr
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Thu 30th Apr
Huddersfield GiantsvsLeeds Rhinos
Fri 1st May
Hull FC0 - 0Salford Red Devils
St Helens0 - 0Wakefield Wildcats
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Hull K R
Sun 3rd May
Warrington Wolves0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Castleford Tigers0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Thu 7th May
Hull K RvsWakefield Wildcats
Fri 8th May
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Huddersfield Giants
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Sat 9th May
Catalans DragonsvsSt Helens
Sun 10th May
Warrington Wolves0 - 0Hull FC
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Leeds Rhinos
Thu 21st May
Castleford TigersvsHuddersfield Giants
Fri 22nd May
Hull FC0 - 0St Helens
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Hull K R
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Sat 23rd May
Catalans DragonsvsWigan Warriors
Sun 24th May
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Sat 30th May
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Hull FC0 - 0Hull K R
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Wigan Warriors
Sun 31st May
Catalans Dragons0 - 0Huddersfield Giants
St Helens0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Castleford Tigers0 - 0Wakefield Wildcats
Thu 4th Jun
Widnes VikingsvsHull FC
Fri 5th Jun
St Helens0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Sun 7th Jun
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Wigan Warriors
Hull K R0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Leeds Rhinos
Warrington Wolves0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Thu 11th Jun
Leeds RhinosvsCastleford Tigers
Fri 12th Jun
St HelensvsWigan Warriors
Sat 13th Jun
Catalans DragonsvsHull FC
Sun 14th Jun
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Hull K R0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Thu 18th Jun
Castleford TigersvsSt Helens
Fri 19th Jun
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Sat 20th Jun
Catalans DragonsvsWakefield Wildcats
Sun 21st Jun
Hull K R0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Hull FC
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Huddersfield Giants
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