Castleford boss praises Watts and Trueman

Mud splattered Castleford Tigers debutant Liam Watts takes the ball forward against Warrington. Picture: Matthew Merrick
Mud splattered Castleford Tigers debutant Liam Watts takes the ball forward against Warrington. Picture: Matthew Merrick

Head coach Daryl Powell praised the contribution of newcomer Liam Watts after the recent signing made an impressive debut for Castleford Tigers against Warrington Wolves.

The 27-year-old prop has had to wait a couple of weeks to make his debut since signing from Hull after serving a suspension, but he made an impact when a starter in Monday’s game.

“I thought Liam Watts was really good,” said Cas boss Powell.

“You can see he’s going to be awesome for us.

“He carried the ball strong, defended well and he was a handful. He’s an outstanding rugby league player and once we get into a groove and all the players get used to the way he carries the ball then he’s going to grow within the way we play.

“We had a little bit more focus on our go forward in the second half that started to yield some benefits for us. He was a part of that and I thought he carried really strongly.

“Every time he carries the ball there’s things happening round him, either he’s standing up or he’s offloading, he attracts people in there.”

Powell was also delighted with the performance of 19-year-old Jake Trueman after he came in to play at full-back in the two Easter games.

He added: “I can’t speak highly enough of Jake on what he’s done going into full-back.

“When the pitches dry up we will see some of the things he can do with a rugby league ball.

“At the minute everybody is targeting him and coming up with nothing. He’s just been outstanding.

“In those conditions it’s hard to be outstanding, but I thought what he did was excellent.

“There’s a couple of things he’s going to have to pick up. He can link up a little bit better with his wingers and the wingers need to work a little bit harder for him.

“He’ll get better on a dry track. He’s got good footwork and he’s not really getting a chance to show that yet.

“Any full-back in the comp having to deal with what he’s having to would be pretty pleased with that performance.”