Daryl Powell expects Castleford Tigers to sharpen up with games

Denny Solomona and Liam Finn celebrate a Castleford try
Denny Solomona [right] is one of Castleford's winter signings, arriving from London Broncos

Castleford Tigers head coach Daryl Powell has acknowledged his side need competitive games to regain the form shown in last season's Super League.

Tigers, who were Challenge Cup runners up and finished fourth in 2014, begin the new season at home to Wakefield.

Powell's side have won all four of their warm-up matches so far, including Sunday's 20-18 victory against Widnes.

"I don't think we're anywhere near where we were last year," Powell told BBC Radio Leeds.

"That's going to take a few competitive games.

"That's what pre-season games are for, to sharpen up what you're doing and hopefully the execution gets better."

Castleford Tigers movements 2015
Denny Solomona (London Broncos)Marc Sneyd (loan ended)
Mike McMeeken (London Broncos)Jamie Ellis (Huddersfield Giants)
Ben Roberts (Melbourne Storm)Craig Huby (Huddersfield Giants)
Luke Gale (Bradford Bulls)Weller Hauraki (Salford Red Devils)
Steve Crossley (Featherstone Rovers)Daryl Clark (Warrington Wolves)
Scott Moore (London Broncos)Kirk Dixon (retired)
Junior Moors (Melbourne Storm)Richard Owen (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats)
Matt Cook (London Broncos)Dan Fleming (Bradford Bulls)
Brad Day (Batley Bulldogs)
Ben Reynolds (Leigh Centurions)

With Daryl Clark departed for Warrington, Craig Huby now with Huddersfield Giants and Weller Hauraki at Salford, who also sold loanee half-back Marc Sneyd to Hull FC, there has been change at Castleford this winter.

Prop Grant Millington partnered Andy Lynch in the front row for the game against Widnes, bookending off-season hooker signing Scott Moore, while Luke Gale and Ben Roberts were handed opportunities in the halves following their arrivals.

Gale was heavily involved in Sunday's finale, finding another new signing Denny Solomona on the right with a well-weighted kick to set-up the match-winning score.

"It was a great play to finish, just how we reacted," added Powell.

"We were able and capable of pulling off something that you need to at times in the end. It was something we did a couple of times last season - particularly against Salford and Wigan.

"It was pleasing we were able to respond in that way."