Cook and McMeeken impress Castleford coach

Mike McMeeken in action against St Helens.
Mike McMeeken in action against St Helens.

Castleford Tigers head coach Daryl Powell was pleased with the contribution of his two new boys who made their senior competitive debuts for the club at St Helens.

Former London men Matt Cook and Mike McMeeken have both had to wait for their first chance in Super League for the Tigers, but impressed when brought off the bench at Langtree Park with the latter having to play out of position at centre for a spell because of the injury suffered by Denny Solomona.

“Both new boys did well,” Powell told the Express.

“I thought Matt Cook was really strong. His energy and his carries were really good. I was really pleased with him.

“Mike McMeeken did some good things. He needs to keep to stepping up, but he’s a young player who is growing in confidence and we’ve just got to keep giving him that confidence to go and deliver.

“He was unlucky not to set a try up straight way with a pass that was slightly forward.

“It was not easy for him as he had to play in the centre with Denny going off and we had to move Michael Channing onto the wing.”

Powell admitted Solomona having to go off with a knee injury and Andy Lynch also being forced off with a groin injury hampered his team and played a part in their 21-14 defeat.

He said: “The injuries we got rattled us a little bit.

“We only had two people on the bench who could come on in the second half.

“If you lose a winger it really throws you out of sync. We couldn’t roll the back rowers round and then losing a prop and somebody of the calibre of Andy Lynch was not ideal.

“A little bit of better fortune this week will be handy, but if we keep working hard hopefully it will slip round.

“We could have and probably should have come away with points from St Helens.

“It’s really disappointing that we just can’t quite get results at the moment.

“Going away to St Helens is always a tough place to go, but I expected us to win. I thought it was a great opportunity for us.

“There were clear cut chances at St Helens. We were breaking the line and the boys were doing a great job and working hard in lots of areas, but whether it was just last ditch tackles from St Helens or just a little bit of a lack of execution from us it didn’t quite happen for us.”