Cas coach refuses to offer excuses for defeat at Catalans
Coach Daryl Powell says his Castleford side simply "weren't good enough" after their 36-18 defeat at Catalans on Saturday.
The Dragons handed a debut to 30-year-old Australian Israel Folau, who was making his first appearance in rugby league for 10 years and has courted controversy in his homeland.
The ex-rugby union international was sacked by Rugby Australia earlier this year for posting homophobic comments on social media and some have suggested he should also not be allowed to compete in Super League due to those views.
Much of the pre-match talk had centered around Folau but Powell offered no excuses for his side's display in France.
"There was no distraction at all tonight, I just thought it was a poor performance from us," he said, as reported by Love Rugby League.
"We started the first half badly and started the second half badly. Catalans were pretty strong and we were just out-muscled, we weren't good enough tonight.
"Israel Folau is a top-line player, he's dangerous, obviously on kicks and we found that out pretty quickly but that didn't have any effect on the game, it was more a poor performance by ourselves.
"We had the same thing with the first game of the season against Toronto with Sonny Bill Williams [making his Wolfpack debut] but these things have nothing to do with the game. It's all about us.
"It was a game to forget for us, pretty quickly, hopefully."
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