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Powell: Tigers focused on Cup

Castleford coach Daryl Powell refused to dwell on his side’s 64-18 win over London Broncos and immediately turned his attentions to the Challenge Cup semi-finals.

The Tigers' win over London leaves them just two points behind Super League leaders St Helens, but Powell will put any league hopes on the back burner ahead of the crunch cup clash with Widnes.

Relegated London were competitive for the first 25 minutes at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle but a quick-fire hat-trick from Justin Carney soon broke their resolve.

"It was a tough game for a period, they rattled us a little bit early on," he said. "We were a bit sloppy defensively and they got some points on us which probably made us a little bit nervous.

"But I don't think it matters (the performance). It's going to be a tough game next week.

"We've had some tough games recently, a couple of real tight ones where we've had to do something a little bit different to get out of games, so we've got plenty of experience.

"We'll be well prepared next week. It's felt like an age trying to get to a point where we can talk about this semi-final. We've got it in front of us now and nothing else matters; it's one game and we need to get it right."

Powell rested key men Daryl Clark and Andy Lynch with next Sunday in mind and he admitted he will have a tough time selecting his 17-man squad.

He added: "I'll have a good look at it over the next couple of days. There's a couple of people out there today who went pretty well, who I need to consider.

"It's going to an interesting week in terms of team selection and looking at how we want to play against Widnes, and pulling it all together so we can get the result"

In contrast, Broncos boss Joe Grima is preparing for life in the Kingstone Press Championship and facing up to the prospect his Broncos side could end the season on zero points.

But the Australian refused to be downbeat despite the latest drubbing and found positives in London's performance.

"It was a perfect start. We knew exactly what we were doing and what Cas were going to throw at us,\" Grima said.

"By a country mile that was our best 20 minutes of any performance this year.

"Some of things that are pleasing are: we did score last, we did have some energy and the encouraging thing is the respect the Cas fans showed us just assured us there should be a London team around."