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Super League: Daryl Powell surprised by Castleford's flying start

Last Updated: 15/03/14 1:34pm

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Daryl Powell: Guided the Tigers to four straight wins to start the season

Daryl Powell: Guided the Tigers to four straight wins to start the season

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Daryl Powell is determined to keep the "feel-good factor" at Castleford for as long as possible.

The Tigers coach admitted his side have surpassed expectations with their impressive start to the Super League season.

Castleford made it four wins out of four with their dramatic late victory over reigning champions Wigan last weekend, emulating their best start to a season in 2011.

"I would probably have been happy with three wins so to get four is an added bonus."
Daryl Powell

The Tigers now entertain Hull at the Jungle on Sunday with head coach Powell warning his side not to get carried away with their early-season results.

"There's obviously a feel-good factor about the place at the moment," Powell said. "We've got to put that behind us now.

"We're four games in. We've broken the season down into small blocks and that's the first block out of the way.

"I would probably have been happy with three wins so to get four is an added bonus.

"We need to refocus now and make sure we continue in the same manner."

Powell bolstered his pack with a host of signings in the off-season, while new half-backs Liam Finn and Marc Sneyd have terrorised opposition defences.

Mix things up

But the Tigers boss is wary of the need to mix up his tactics to avoid becoming too predictable in future fixtures.

"When you are doing well, teams start to look at what you're doing and try to nullify it," Powell added.

"We're aware of that so we need to keep tweaking our game and make ourselves difficult to play against.

"We're not going to win every game - we know that - but, if we win the battle every game, then I will be happy."

Hull coach Lee Radford is relishing the prospect of taking on the in-form Tigers in front of a vociferous home crowd as he looks to build on last week's win over struggling Bradford.

"I honestly can't wait for this game," Radford said. "I love the ground, love Castleford, love playing there and love watching rugby there.

"There's a really close atmosphere to the pitch and they're obviously bouncing at the moment.

"We've got a lot of West Yorkshire lads in the squad and they're saying they've never seen so many Cas shirts around the town."

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