CASTLEFORD Tigers star Rangi Chase has given his reaction to being named man of the match for England on his international debut against France.
Chase played at scrum-half against the French and had a hand in three of the tries as England warmed up for the Gillette Four Nations tournament with a 32-18 win.
He said: “I wasn’t too happy with my own performance. I’m pretty hard on myself. I was a bit surprised I got man of the match.
“I’ve done some good things and I’ve done some bad things. I can’t wait to rip in next week and work on the things that I wasn’t too good at.
“It was good to get the first game out of the way. It’s something I’ve been looking forward to since coming into camp. It was good to get in a game situation with the boys, I can only improve from that.
“I was fresh. The break had done me good, allowing my body to freshen up. At the end of the season I was playing with a lot of niggling injuries.”
Chase’s switch of allegiance from New Zealand to England has been criticised in some quarters, but he has been keen to show his commitment and was unhappy he did not get to sing along to the national anthem with the French authorities failing to organise a rendition of God Save The Queen
He added: “I thought it was a bit disrespectful from their point of view.
“I don’t know about the other boys but I wasn’t too happy. You should be able to sing your national anthem.”