Castleford boss hails ‘tough’ duo

Castleford's Andy Lynch on the charge.
Castleford's Andy Lynch on the charge.

Another big effort when he defied injury to play almost all of the two Easter games for Castleford Tigers has earned evergreen prop Andy Lynch praise from his head coach.

Daryl Powell described the 36-year-old forward as the “toughest player he has ever seen” after he managed to defy a knee injury to play against Leeds Rhinos last Thursday and is continuing to play every match despite a hand injury that required surgery.

He said: “When I shake his hand before the game he’s got an unbelievable amount of tape and padding and strapping on that hand. It looks like Frankenstein’s hand when you see it, honestly I’m not joking!

“He got another injury that would have kept probably half of Rugby League players out of the game and he just cracks on.

“I’ve never seen anybody like him in terms of just getting on with it and getting through tough injuries. For a front rower to do what he does and the honesty he shows in the game it’s incredible.

“I said to the players if you need a role model look at Lynchy. He’s unbelievable, the toughest player I’ve ever seen.”

Powell also had words of praise for another of Castleford’s experienced players with Jake Webster continuing to impress this season in the absence of injured centre Michael Shenton.

Webster was the two-try hero of the win over Leeds and has proved his versatility in the Easter games by switching from centre to the back row to help the Tigers at a time when they have men missing in the forwards.

Powell is delighted with the form shown by his 32-year-old former New Zealand star.

He said: “I thought Jake was pretty special (against Leeds).

“He scored two tries and the winning try and he was unlucky not to get another.

“Since we lost Michael Shenton, Jake has been excellent as an anchor for the team.

“He’s been really tough and he’s hardly missed a training session, which in previous years is something he has done.

“He’s been really, really good and against Leeds it was the icing on the cake on the back of some strong performances.

“We needed all of his experience and he used it to get us home. Being able to use him in the back row was also great for us.”