Powell looks to extend Rhinos' misery

Castleford Tigers coach Daryl Powell Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Former Leeds favourite Daryl Powell will be aiming to pile on the agony for his old club tonight when he takes his Castleford side to Headingley.

The champions are reeling from four straight defeats and the loss of England internationals Kallum Watkins and Danny McGuire to injury but Powell, who was in the last Leeds team to win the Challenge Cup and went on to coach them, has little sympathy for their current plight.

The Tigers are looking to complete a first Super League double over their big-city neighbours following their 14-12 triumph at Wheldon Road in February and Powell believes his players will also have derived confidence from the three competitive matches under which he has presided.

"It's a big challenge for us obviously. Leeds have got a few people missing but they've got a deep squad, " said Powell.

"I'm looking forward to the challenge. We're not far off in games at the moment. We're not playing at our best consistently but we're certainly in the battle every single week.

"There's some confidence there. We've played them twice this year - we've beaten them once and run them close in the Cup - so there's not much in terms of the games that have been played this year."