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Powell in need of a rest after storming Cas comeback

6th April 2019, 11:19 by Chris Rivers

Castleford coach Daryl Powell says he needed a lie down after his team came from 20 points down to beat Wigan on Friday.

The Tigers looked destined for another heavy defeat having been thrashed by Warrington last week, going in at the break 24-8 behind with the Warriors having raced into a 20-0 lead after just 22 minutes.

A brace from Oliver Gildart and further scores from Joe Burgess, George Williams and Joe Greenwood put Wigan in a commanding position at the interval as Zak Hardaker looked set to mark his return to rugby following a drugs ban with a win.

However, Hardaker's former team came storming back in the second half, three tries in the space of six minutes seeing Castleford take control of the Super League encounter.

Wigan did get their noses back in front through a second Burgess try with 15 minutes left, only for centre Tuoyo Egodo to restore the home side's lead with five minutes to go before Peter Mata'utia, who also kicked five goals, went over in the closing stages to seal a 38-28 win for the Tigers.

Powell, who was without seven first-teamers for the game, admitted there was plenty to work on from his point of view but was proud of the way his team overcame the odds.

He told the Pontefract and Castleford Express: "It was pretty similar to last week, scoreline-wise, at half-time and then the second half just looks completely different.

"Perhaps we need to see how we can get a response from the warm-up to get us going in the first half similar to what we're doing in the second!

"I thought we were pretty good in the first half in lots of areas, but obviously our right edge got exposed a fair bit and it looked like the game was really going away from us.

"We showed lot of character, toughness and resilience to get back in it and it was fitting that Tuoyo (Egodo), who's had a pretty rough first half scored the winning try."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Chris Rivers is an experienced reporter who closely follows both Arsenal and Wales Rugby Union team. As well as in-depth football and rugby knowledge, Chris is an avid American Football, Formula One and boxing fan.

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