Head coach Daryl Powell has joined in the praise being handed out to record breaker Denny Solomona, but also paid tribute to the left edge of his team for giving the winger the chance to go into the Super League history books.
Powell is delighted to see Solomona break the Super League try scoring record, having crossed the line 37 times so far this season, and believes it reflects well on his team’s attacking play as well as the player doing the finishing.
He told the Express: “It was great for Denny Solomona as an individual to break the try record.
“It’s also a recognition that the left edge in terms of creating opportunities has been fantastic.
“Luke Dorn and Luke Gale have created a lot of tries, the centres have played a big part and I just think the left edge has been pretty special this year. The right has been a little bit mixed with changes of half-back.
“But for a player to break any record is great and some of the tries Denny’s scored have been special. His finishing has been awesome.
“Without a shadow of a doubt there’s been a big chunk of it down to the way we play. The players that are around him and the way we express ourselves with the ball has helped him.
“There’s been another nine tries scored by the left winger when Denny hasn’t played and a couple of hat-tricks in there for Paddy Flynn and Jy Hitchcox so there’s no question that although individual players do some special things the way that you play and the players that are around you are a big reason for success.”
Solomona’s try feats have brought him a lot of attention with reported interest now from top rugby union clubs as well as Super League teams. But Powell reiterated that the winger is still very much a Castleford player.
He said: “When you score so many tries you tend to get extra attention and it’s part and parcel of it. But he’s contracted for two more years.
“We’ll wait and see on that, but there’s a contract there and we’ll just plan that he’s going to be with us for those two years.”
Powell was pleased with the way Solomona and his team-mates took Catalans apart for 50 minutes last Saturday.
He added; “It was a really big performance from us. We slipped away a bit at the back end, but we hung on to win there for the first time for a long time so I’m really delighted to get the performance we did and obviously the result.
“The two points gives us a chance going into the last game to potentially finish fifth, which I think will be an outstanding achievement.
“I thought in the first 50 minutes we were superb. Luke Gale was outstanding with his pass plays and I thought Ryan Hampshire played his best game at half-back for us.
“We had a really light pack at times, we were using back rowers in the middle to keep experience on the field, but whoever was in there did a good job.
“I thought it was an awesome effort for the first 50 minutes then a durable one for the rest of it.
“We needed to win the game and we found a way to hang in, which was great.
“We had an opportunity to go 40-10 up, but they knocked the ball down and from there they got a little bit of good fortune and ended up back in the game. Once you have momentum in rugby league it’s very hard to stop. Teams can put two, three or four tries on you pretty quickly.
“We had to stop the rollercoaster, the juggernaut that they were at that time and we just about managed to do it, which was obviously pleasing.”