Challenge Cup final 2021: Castleford Tigers head coach Daryl Powell hails ‘champion player’ Niall Evalds


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

Final Up to date: 17/07/21 8:47pm

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 dropping workforce, 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 dropping workforce in final yr’s last with Salford Purple Devils, however Castleford head coach Powell is in little question 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 important signing by the membership and to retain him was an important piece of enterprise,” Powell mentioned of Evalds, who prolonged his preliminary one-year take care of the Tigers for not less than one other two seasons in Could.

“He is class, he is so fast and elusive, and I believe he is studying and rising within the sport. His sport is getting higher and he simply wants to do this persistently now. He is a champion participant and I believed he was very good.

“I believe that exhibits how effectively we attacked at instances – we created so many alternatives, we received Niall away a couple of instances, however their scramble defence was nice. When 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 aspect overwhelmed by Leeds Rhinos in each the 2014 Problem Cup last and the 2017 Tremendous League Grand Remaining too.

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

Castleford head coach Daryl Powell

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

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

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

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

Castleford's players were left dejected at full-time

Castleford’s gamers had 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 evaluation and questions over whether or not Regan Grace was in contact in his efforts to maintain the ball in play.

However, in the end, Powell felt his aspect ought to take duty for not coping with sure sides of the sport effectively 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 mentioned. “Bodily, we put ourselves on the road they usually simply received us defensively.

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

“I am upset with fairly a couple of components of our sport however going out within the second half six factors up and giving it away so rapidly had a giant half to play.”


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