Daryl Powell slams 'excessive' Castleford Tigers defeat

Daryl Clark scores a try for Castleford Tigers during the Challenge Cup semi on August 10, 2014
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Daryl Powell claims that his Castleford Tigers side did not deserve their 48-10 defeat to Warrington Wolves.

Castleford Tigers boss Daryl Powell has claimed that Friday's 48-10 defeat to Warrington Wolves was not a true reflection of his side's effort.

Tony Smith's troops ran in no fewer than eight tries at the Halliwell Jones Stadium to move fourth in the Super League.

Powell made six changes with one eye on the upcoming Challenge Cup final with Leeds Rhinos, and the 49-year-old says that he could only stomach last night's defeat if a "bigger prize" comes out of it.

"It's a little bit disappointing," he told Sky Sports News. "We were a bit unlucky with the scoreline, I don't think that was a fair reflection.

"We put a team out there that I thought should have competed a little bit better. I think we had to be sensible with team selection.

"I never like losing, to be honest, particularly not in that manner, but sometimes you've got to cop a whack on the chin to get the bigger prize."

Castleford face Leeds at Wembley next Saturday.

Jake Webster of Castleford Tigers in action during the Super League match between Wakefield Wildcats and Castleford Tigers at Etihad Stadium on May 18, 2014
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