Castleford forwards Moors and Springer earn plaudits

Castleford Tigers' Junior Moors takes on two Warrington tacklers. Picture: Steve Riding
Castleford Tigers' Junior Moors takes on two Warrington tacklers. Picture: Steve Riding

Castleford Tigers players have come in for praise from their head coach after their displays at Magic Weekend and in recent weeks.

Daryl Powell is delighted with the efforts and skills shown by all his players in their run of three straight wins, but heaped praise on two forwards - Junior Moors and Gadwin Springer - who had gone under the radar but are now developing into key players with some powerful displays this season.

“Junior Moors is showing he’s a good player,” said Powell.

“It took him a while last year to slot into the English game really and his confidence has grown.

“He’s got a really broad skills set and he’s a big man as well and adds a real touch of class on our edges.

“Gadwin Springer’s doing well, he’s developing all the time and he’s a big handful of a player.

“He’s very quick and athletic and he’s going to be an outstanding player.

“He’s still maturing and there’s some little bit he needs to improve, but when he’s on the ball he’s a handful.”

With the dust settling from the Magic Weekend, Powell has been able to analyse his side’s display against Warrington and is particularly happy with the manner of the victory as they came from 14 points down and kept their opponents from scoring in the whole of the second half.

He added: “We started off pretty slow and they were on fire and punched away at us, making life really difficult for us in the middle of the field. But we hung in there and I thought there was some good scramble defence that kept us in the game.

“We had to work hard for opportunities to score points initially. We had to go from one side of the field to the other and back again to score our first points. It was a great try, but we had to work so hard to get it.

“That gave us a little bit of impetus and to do what we did just before half-time helped us to believe in ourselves a little bit.

“We were under a fair bit of pressure after half-an-hour and to get ourselves back to where we did and to go on with the game without conceding any further points was a strong all-round performance, particularly in the second half.”