Castleford Tigers half-back Jake Trueman has greater air of maturity about him, says Daryl Powell
DARYL POWELL believes Castleford Tigers half-back Jake Trueman has a greater air of maturity about him this season.
The Tigers head coach celebrated an opening-day victory as his side defeated Warrington Wolves in the final game of Super League round one on Sunday.
Castleford return to action tomorrow afternoon against Leeds Rhinos in St Helens.
Trueman is likely the only fit half-back available to Powell, with Danny Richardson nursing an injury and Gareth O’Brien ruled out with a head knock.
Powell feels Trueman has started the season in a “great way” with the 22-year-old keen to have a standout season with the Rugby League World Cup approaching this autumn.
“I think he has come back a little bit more mature for this season,” said Powell of Trueman.
“It is important for a half-back. You are starting to see some of the maturity with him, with his game and the decisions he makes.
“He doesn’t make big plays too often, he knows when to pass and when to run. It will be a big year for him.
“With the World Cup at the end of the year, he will want to be in contention for that. He has started off in a great way.”
Paul McShane was able to fill in at half-back against Warrington and he kicked an important touchline conversion and added a drop-goal to keep the Tigers out of sight.
On the importance of having versatility throughout his squad, Powell stated: “It is absolutely massive.
“Truey went down and Grant Millington was the next player to jump in because he can play in that role.
“It is vital you have people who can make things happen on a rugby league field and know how to organise, making sure the team knows exactly what they are doing.
"Macca is a kicking nine, so he can go in at half-back if he has to. To be able to do that as a nine is pretty special, he has done that for us a few times and played the role pretty well.”
Castleford’s Good Friday clash against Leeds kicks off at 3pm, while rivals Featherstone Rovers take on Batley Bulldogs at 7.30pm in the Championship on the same day.