Daryl Powell conceded that his side’s poor start to the game cost them dearly, as Castleford crashed out of the play-offs at the hands of Salford.

Cas were beaten 22-0 by the Red Devils at the AJ Bell Stadium this evening.

But the Tigers boss says the video referee decision that saw a try awarded to Salford’s Jake Bibby in the first half left him scratching his head.

He told Sky Sports’ Jenna Brooks: “I don’t know who the video referee is but he might want to look at that again.

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“You could see it on the screen for me that he didn’t get it down and I don’t think it took that much looking at.

“He probably had too many looks and it’s a poor decision for me.”

But Powell lamented his side’s slow opening quarter and conceded that Salford were the better side on the night.

“The start killed us and we were 14-0 down in no time.

“It was disappointing from us and I thought were poor tonight.

“But we’ve had to mix and match our half back combinations all year, and we’ve done well, but it’s been a frustrating season.

“We’ve battled through and shown courage and fight, we’ve finished fourth after the play-offs and had a dig.

“We’re just lacking a cutting edge at the moment and we were a bit blunt tonight.”

Powell closed by commending Salford on their performance and wishing them well for the weeks ahead.

“They were too good for us.

“All credit to them, they’ve got a big challenge ahead, but they’re good enough to get to the Grand Final.

“Good luck to them.”