Daryl Powell insists Castleford will be better prepared for the Wembley Challenge Cup final than in 2014

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Daryl Powell insists Castleford will be better prepared for Challenge Cup final at Wembley against St Helens than for 2014 defeat

  • Castleford Tigers take on St Helens in Challenge Cup final after Warringtonton win
  • Coach Daryl Powell insists Tigers will be better prepared for Wembley clash
  • It is Tigers’ first last appearance since they were defeated by Leeds in 2014

Castleford coach Daryl Powell says his side will be better prepared for Wembley than in 2014, as he aims to leave the club with a Challenge Cup winners’ medal.

The Tigers staged a final showdown with St. Helens on July 17 by knocking out Warrington 35-20 in an action-packed semi-final on Saturday.

Saints were 33-18 winners over Hull in the other tie at Leigh Sports Village.

Castleford head coach Daryl Powell says his side is better prepared for Wembley this season

The Tigers set up a Challenge Cup final with St Helens after beating Warrington in the semi-finals

The Tigers set up a Challenge Cup final with St Helens after beating Warrington in the semi-finals

Powell, who will leave his hometown club at the end of the year to coach Warrington, is confident his side can go one step further than it was seven years ago when he led the Tigers to Wembley in his first full season and then with 23 to lose. 10 to Leiden.

Captain Michael Shenton, who has no contract at the end of the season, second rower Oliver Holmes and prop Nathan Massey are the only survivors of Castleford from 2014, but they are aiming for the club’s first cup win since 1986.

“We noticed some things that we may have done wrong in 2014,” he said. ‘Last time I had nothing to say about the hotel, but I will now.

Michael Shenton (R) is one of three survivors from last Wembley gig when they lost

Michael Shenton (R) is one of three survivors from last Wembley gig when they lost

“We’re dealing with formidable opponents, but we probably have more players with experience in the biggest games.

“We also have a little more time this time to prepare, so that we are better rested.”

Meanwhile, Wakefield Trinity defeated Leigh Centurions 30-20 in the Super League yesterday.

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