Castleford Tigers boss Daryl Powell was delighted with the contribution of new signing Peter Mata’utia on his debut at Widnes after the Samoa international joined the club at the end of last week.
Mata’utia, 27, joined from Leigh Centurions and immediately proved his worth with an impressive showing in the 52-24 win at the Halton Stadium.
Although signed as a full-back, he started at centre and showed plenty of class before limping off midway through the second period with cramp.
Powell said: “I thought he was excellent.
“He was strong in the centre, beat people, has got a good offload and a right foot step that’s really strong.
“He just looks like he’s difficult to handle – he got us moving with some fast ruck speed – and I think he’ll be a really good signing for us.”
Powell also praised Mata’utia’s fellow Samoa international Quentin Laulu Togaga’e who retained the full-back role and scored two tries against Widnes.
He added: “I thought Q was great,”
“He had a tough message during the week – we got Pete in, another full-back – but he handled it really well, very mature, and went really well.”