Castleford Tigers coach Daryl Powell heaped praise on the grit and determination of his side as they ground out a dramatic 14-12 win over Warrington Wolves to end the Challenge Cup holder’s season.

Castleford were never behind in the game but were made to sweat late on due to a Chris Hill converted try. However, the scramble defence was superb and the Tigers claimed a huge win, which Powell was understandably delighted with after the game.

“It was always going to be a backs to the wall effort tonight, he told reporters.

“I thought we were huge. You have to do whatever you can to win and we did that, it was a typical Castleford effort full of grit and determination.

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“We were tough and aggressive defensively and we were a lot smarter with the ball but there are still some things we can improve on as well.”

The Tigers boss admitted he never questioned his side’s belief after many had written them off before kick off.

“I don’t think anyone gave us much chance tonight but we’ve got the belief, he said.

“We know it’s going to be a tough run all away from home, but we’ve been good defensively over the last 10 games and we’re in a good place as a team.”