Castleford’s Carney comes through comeback game fine

Justin Carney on his return from injury for Castleford Tigers against St Helens. Picture: Andy May
Justin Carney on his return from injury for Castleford Tigers against St Helens. Picture: Andy May

Castleford Tigers star Justin Carney came through his comeback game from a dislocated elbow well and will benefit from the run out according to head coach Daryl Powell.

Carney had missed nine matches after picking up the nasty elbow injury against Hull KR in April, but marked his return to the first team with a try after just five minutes against St Helens.

The Australian winger made a few handling errors in the game, but Powell was pleased to have the “Beast” back in the team.

He told the Express: “It was a bit of a mix for Justin.

“He scored a fantastic try at the start then made a couple of errors he’d want to get out of his game, but he’s always a threat.

“There’s not many players who would have scored the try he scored.

“He’s back in the groove now, he’s played a full 80 minutes so hopefully now he’s been back in there. He knows what it feels like to be back in the team and he’ll get better now he’s had that game under his belt.

“He tested the elbow early on when he fended Dawson off so it looks like he’s okay. He has trained since so should be fine.”

Matt Cook also made a try scoring return to the side after a long term injury and Powell was happy to have the second-rower back in the fold.

He added; “Matt Cook came through okay as well.

“I thought he was pretty good. He had a short stint, but he looked pretty strong and had some good energy about him so I was pleased with him.”