Powell: Our effort and determination was top level

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FEATHERSTONE coach Daryl Powell (pictured) was pleased with the way his side coped with the attacking prowess of Castleford star Rangi Chase in Saturday’s stunning 23-16 Challenge Cup fourth round win.

“We applied a bit of pressure to Rangi Chase and I thought we handled him okay,” said Powell.

“We talked about getting under the skin and making life difficult for them and we did that pretty well.

“From a game plan point of view it was great but the effort and determination was top level.”

Former Great Britain international Powell added that Saturday’s win ranks among his greatest coaching achievements.

The former Sheffield Eagles stand-off, who won the Challenge Cup with Leeds at Wembley in 1999, coached the Rhinos to the 2003 final at the Millennium Stadium after earlier masterminding a shock win for Keighley over top-flight club Halifax.

“It’s up there,” he said.

“It’s a big effort for a club like us to beat a team like Castleford who have some special players.

“I think it’s a statement. We’re delighted because we’ve been poor against Super League opposition. We got hammered by St Helens and we got beat pretty easily by Leeds.

“I’ve always thought the players were better than that and we proved today we are.

“There were periods where I thought we were wavering a bit but we just kept turning up for each other.”

“It looks like Tangi Ropati has broken his jaw, which is pretty disappointing, and Matty Dale has a medial ligament strain in his knee, so it’s come at a bit of a cost,” added Powell.