Castleford Tigers hooker Scott Moore has been hailed a hero after producing his best display for the club despite playing with a broken bone in his foot against Catalans Dragons.
Moore, who arrived from London for the start of this season, scored his first try in Castleford colours against the Dragons and made a try for Michael Channing with a great long pass.
He also played the full game in the absence of Adam Milner and Ben Roberts with head coach Daryl Powell reluctant to throw untried rookie hooker Tom Holmes on too early in such a tight contest.
Powell was full of praise for the efforts of his senior hooker, who has had tough boots to fill after replacing last year’s Man of Steel Daryl Clark.
He said: “Scott Moore has broken his foot and played a full 80 minutes with it.
“That was one of the toughest efforts I’ve seen in a long time because his foot was up like a balloon.
“He was very, very good. Defensively he was superb and the accuracy on his passing was good as well as his running game.
“He just had a really tough game. I thought it was his best game for us and he’s getting better all the time.
“Obviously Adz Milner was suspended and we had to bring Tom Holmes in on the morning of the game with Ben Roberts dropping out so it was big from Scott to do as many minutes as he did.
“I wanted to get Tom on there earlier, but it was a pretty nervy game when we were just two in front a couple of times so for Scott to play the minutes he did with a broken foot was pretty special.”
Powell was also pleased with new signing Ryan Bailey on his debut.
He added: “I thought he was good. He’s come into the club and been really good, really solid.
“Obviously he hasn’t played for a while, but he ran in consistently and was solid defensively. I thought he slotted in really well for us.”