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Problem Cup last 2021: Castleford Tigers head coach Daryl Powell hails ‘champion participant’ Niall Evalds | Rugby League Information

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Castleford full-back Evalds joined a choose group of gamers to be named Lance Todd Trophy winner regardless of ending on the shedding crew. “He is a champion participant and I believed he was excellent,” head coach Powell stated

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Castleford’s Niall Evalds was awarded this yr’s Lance Todd Trophy

Daryl Powell believes Niall Evalds nonetheless has a lot extra to come back after the Castleford Tigers full-back was named participant of the match of their Problem Cup last defeat to St Helens.

Evalds grew to become solely the fifth participant to be awarded the Lance Todd Trophy regardless of ending on the shedding crew, becoming a member of the illustrious names of Frank Whitcombe, Robbie Paul, Gary Connolly and Kevin Sinfield.

That can have come as scant comfort for the 27-year-old, who was additionally on the shedding crew in final yr’s last with Salford Purple Devils, however Castleford head coach Powell is in little doubt Evalds will proceed to flourish on the membership.

Saints declare Problem Cup glory

A comeback from St Helens noticed them win the Problem Cup for the primary time in 13 years by beating Castleford 26-12.

“He is been an incredible signing by the membership and to retain him was an incredible piece of enterprise,” Powell stated of Evalds, who prolonged his preliminary one-year take care of the Tigers for at the very least one other two seasons in Could.

“He is class, he is so fast and elusive, and I feel he is studying and rising within the recreation. His recreation is getting higher and he simply wants to try this persistently now. He is a champion participant and I believed he was excellent.

“I feel that exhibits how properly we attacked at occasions – we created so many alternatives, we bought Niall away just a few occasions, however their scramble defence was nice. In the event you have a look at what number of factors they concede in Tremendous League, they take some breaking down.”

The 26-12 loss to St Helens is Powell’s third defeat in a showpiece occasion with the Tigers, having seen his facet crushed by Leeds Rhinos in each the 2014 Problem Cup last and the 2017 Tremendous League Grand Last too.

I am tremendous pleased with the gamers, they’ve put every part into that, and it did not fairly occur in the long run.

Castleford head coach Daryl Powell

The Warrington Wolves-bound boss was filled with reward for the efforts of his crew however was left to rue their failure to construct on main 12-6 at half-time.

“I am pleased with the boys,” Powell stated. “We’ve not been in a position to convert within the finals and we had a superb alternative right now however could not fairly convert.

“However I am tremendous pleased with the gamers, they’ve put every part into that, and it did not fairly occur in the long run.

“I believed Saints deserved to win, we weren’t adequate within the second half and I’ve bought no complaints, however I am super-proud of the gamers.”

Castleford's players were left dejected at full-time

Castleford’s gamers have been left dejected at full-time

The strive from James Roby three minutes into the second half proved contentious too, with the video referee finally awarding it after a prolonged evaluate and questions over whether or not Regan Grace was in contact in his efforts to maintain the ball in play.

However, finally, Powell felt his facet ought to take accountability for not coping with sure sides of the sport properly sufficient and praised Saints for his or her defensive work which stored Cas at bay.

“It is disappointing, however I am proud we have right here, and we had an actual go,” Powell stated. “Bodily, we put ourselves on the road they usually simply bought us defensively.

“Once I thought we had actually good subject place, they defended phenomenally properly and their scramble was nice, and we lacked some composure and did not actually kick the ball.

“I am dissatisfied with fairly just a few elements of our recreation however going out within the second half six factors up and giving it away so shortly had an enormous half to play.”



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