Young first team players Jamie Ellis and Adam Milner have come in for praise for their part in Castleford Tigers’ victory at Widnes Vikings.
Tigers head coach Daryl Powell was delighted with the way two of his younger players stepped up when needed to spark a comeback after his side had been trailing by 10 points with 12 minutes to go.
He said: “I thought Jamie Ellis really stood up when Rangi Chase had got sin-binned and Adam Milner did some outstanding things as well to win us the game.
“Adam scored a try then charged down for Weller’s try so he had a significant involvement, as Jamie Ellis did.
“Adam’s been playing well. He’s been starting games consistently in the last few weeks with Daz Clark coming on to have a good impact.
“He’s maturing as a player, he’s got a lot of good qualities. He’s defending tougher, he’s got a short kicking game, he’s pretty good at the line and he really is growing as a player.
“It was good that we came back with those three tries in the second half while Rangi was off the field. For the team and for people like Jamie Ellis it was a significant step up.
“I was really pleased for the team and with Jamie for the way he took a grip of it. He took us home really. Everyone else went with him and we played a smart game during that period when Rangi was off the field.”
Powell was also pleased with 21-year-old centre Michael Channing.
He added: “Michael is growing into the team.
“He’s had a tough challenge with Westwood and Hock coming at him in his first two weeks and defensively he was always going to be challenged. But his attacking game grew against Widnes.
“He took his try well, he was part of the build-up and showed a lot skill. He’s good on his feet and is pretty quick. I was really pleased with him and he’s growing into the role.