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Powell rues lack of calmness after Giants defeat

12th April 2019, 10:11 by Craig Smithson

Coach Daryl Powell said Castleford Tigers' 20-8 defeat at Huddersfield Giants was down to their lack of "calmness under pressure".

The Tigers went into Thursday's game at the John Smith's Stadium aiming to cut the gap to the Super League's leading duo Warrington Wolves and St Helens to just two points.

And they started well with Greg Eden going over for an early try following an interception on the halfway line, only for Alex Mellor to grab tries either side of half-time for the hosts.

Castleford went back in front when Matt Cook crossed, only for the Giants to respond with Mellor completing his hat-trick.

The Tigers had several chances to snatch the win late on but couldn't find a way through as the hosts held on for the win which takes them four points clear of bottom side Leeds Rhinos.

Afterwards a frustrated Powell told the Castleford Express: "I thought we should have won it.

"There were key moments at the end. Adam Milner has a bit of a pop and we give the ball away there. The set before we have an intercept when we are on their tryline."

He added: "I thought we were great in the second half and were the better team.

"It's great to have Mike McMeeken back, he was really good and Jake Trueman did some special things.

"We worked hard as a team, but ultimately we didn't have the calmness under pressure to get the job done."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Craig Smithson is a journalist with over two decades of experience at the keyboard. A life-long Middlesbrough fan, Craig has an in-depth knowledge of all football and is also a keen fan of boxing amongst other sports.

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