Castleford players earn praise

Denny Solomona shows the sort of high flying action that is winning him praise.
Denny Solomona shows the sort of high flying action that is winning him praise.

Castleford Tigers boss Daryl Powell is looking for a repeat of his side’s display at Widnes when he takes his team to Wigan Warriors’ DW Stadium on Friday night.

Powell described the result at the Select Security Stadium last Sunday as one of the biggest in his time as head coach as the Tigers came from 18-0 down to win 34-24.

He was pleased with the level of performance too once Cas got over their poor start and had words of praise for the players.

He told the Express: “Pretty much all of the players impressed me.

“Andy Lynch played 71 minutes and it was another phenomenal effort from him. I thought Matt Cook was great in the second row, some of the things he did there were outstanding.

“The players on our left hand side were obviously very good, Denny Solomona, Jake Webster, Luke Gale after the initial period when we made a couple of errors early on. They were superb after that.

“Adam Milner played in the loose a fair bit and he was exceptional and Paul McShane came off the bench a bit earlier than he normally does and was very good at hooker.

“Until he got injured Gadwin Springer was doing some high quality things and was really difficult to handle.

“He made a really good line break just before he got injured. It’s disappointing for him because it’s the same injury again, but he’s playing well whenever he’s on the field.

“It’s great to see him. It’s taken him a while to get into the team, but once he’s got in there he’s been doing some great things.”

Flying winger Solomona took many of the plaudits with another hat-trick on his return from injury and Powell knows how important it is to keep him fit this season.

He said: “Denny got some great service, but there was one really high quality finish from him.

“His second try was just pure skill from Jake Webster. They are helping each other out a fair bit on that left hand side and Luke Gale was putting the ball where it needed to be.

“But some of the things that Denny did challenging kicks was high quality.

“He’s very committed and he gets very high off the floor so now and again you’re going to get injuries, that’s the way it is.

“Obviously looking after our players is pretty important at the moment, but it’s tough when you play a collision sport like we do.”