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Powell wary of Chase threat

27th of June 2014
Powell wary of Chase threat

Castleford coach Daryl Powell will order his players to keep former Tigers favourite Rangi Chase in check.

Castleford coach Daryl Powell will order his players to keep former Tigers favourite Rangi Chase firmly in check when the 2011 Man of Steel returns to the club on Saturday night.

The England stand-off is the player Castleford will fear most when he makes his first appearance at the Mend-a-Hose Jungle since his much-publicised transfer to Salford Red Devils at the end of last season, going up against Marc Sneyd, the stand-off who is on a season-long loan from Salford.

Chase has already made his mark against his old club, having played a key role in the Red Devils' 23-16 win over Castleford at the AJ Bell Stadium in March, and Powell knows his team must make a better job of marking him if they are to get their First Utility Super League campaign back on track after heavy back-to-back defeats.

"Obviously we've got to deal with him," Powell said. "He's a good player, there is no question about that.

"He was here for a number of years and played exceptionally well.

"Ultimately, it's about us winning the game and to do that we've got to put him under pressure and not allow him to dictate.

"When he dictates, he's very difficult to manage. We certainly have to deal with him better than we did last time. We pretty much gave Rangi everything he needed when we played them at Salford.

"I think our two worst performances were Salford and St Helens away. We made over 20 errors in both of those games which is double our average."

Powell will be hoping for a reaction from his side to their 38-16 defeat at St Helens, which followed a 46-6 hammering at Wigan Warriors when he fielded a weakened side.

"This is obviously an important game for us," he added. "We've slipped a little bit in our standards.

"It's important we get our honesty back in the way that we do things. We've slipped a little in terms of our effort in the last couple of weeks.

"You could understand the Wigan game a bit but last week I thought we were a mile off what we were doing well earlier in the season."

Powell will welcome back leading tryscorer Justin Carney after he missed the game at Langtree Park through illness and will give a debut to veteran prop Garreth Carvell, who has joined the club from Hull.

The 33-year-old former England international will be playing for his fourth club in the last eight months after his move from Warrington to Bradford proved short-lived and he will be in the shop window after penning a short-term deal with the Tigers.

"He's settled in well," Powell said. "He's had a few clubs this year so he knows what going into a new environment is all about.

"He just wants to get his head down and play consistently and he gets his first opportunity this week.

"He hasn't got a contract with anybody for next year yet. When we signed him to the end of the season, I was conscious of the fact that we've got a motivated player who is playing for a contract, whether that's here or elsewhere."

Salford could give debuts to two after coach Iestyn Harris included new centre signings Mason Caton-Brown and Josh Griffin, a former Castleford player, in his 19-man squad.

The Red Devils are languishing in 12th position after winning just two of their 10 matches under Harris and Bradford's decision to press ahead with their bid to overturn their six-point deduction increases the pressure on them.

There is less pressure on London Broncos, who have one foot in the Championship after losing all 17 matches so far.

They look to break their duck in their first home game for a month against Widnes Vikings, who have slipped down the table after winning just one of their last six matches.

The Broncos have lost Caton-Brown, their leading tryscorer, to Salford and are also without their other specialist centre Thomas Minns through injury while Widnes are virtually at full-strength with the return of skipper Jon Clarke and his vice-captain Kevin Brown as well as their first-choice back-row.

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