Problem Cup ultimate 2021: Castleford Tigers head coach Daryl Powell hails ‘champion participant’ Niall Evalds

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

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 lots extra to come back after the Castleford Tigers full-back was named participant of the match of their Problem Cup ultimate defeat to St Helens.

Evalds turned solely the fifth participant to be awarded the Lance Todd Trophy regardless of ending on the shedding group, 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 group in final yr’s ultimate 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 awesome signing by the membership and to retain him was an awesome piece of enterprise,” Powell stated of Evalds, who prolonged his preliminary one-year take care of the Tigers for at the least 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 recreation. His recreation is getting higher and he simply wants to do this persistently now. He is a champion participant and I assumed he was very good.

“I believe that reveals how nicely we attacked at instances – we created so many alternatives, we acquired 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 facet crushed by Leeds Rhinos in each the 2014 Problem Cup ultimate and the 2017 Tremendous League Grand Ultimate too.

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

Castleford head coach Daryl Powell

The Warrington Wolves-bound boss was stuffed with reward for the efforts of his group 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 have not been capable of convert within the finals and we had a great alternative at present 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 ultimately.

“I assumed Saints deserved to win, we weren’t ok within the second half and I’ve acquired 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 ultimately awarding it after a prolonged overview 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 facet ought to take accountability for not coping with sure aspects of the sport nicely 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 acquired us defensively.

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

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

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