Castleford Tigers coach Daryl Powell was “pretty pleased” with his team’s display in Sunday’s derby match against Featherstone Rovers.
Tigers won a defence-dominated pre-season match 18-0 with tries from Denny Solomona, Matt Cook and Jordan Tansey.
“The first hit out is always a little bit scratchy but I was happy not to concede any points,” said Powell.
“I thought we rarely looked in any trouble and defended well. Once we stopped giving away penalties in the second-half we applied a bit of pressure.
“We have loads to improve on with the fluency of our game but ultimately it was job done and it was a good win for us and it was important we won the game.
“It was pretty tight for long periods and Featherstone were very good and difficult to break down.”
Powell was pleased with new signings Matt Cook and Denny Solomona who both scored tries and he also singled out Nathan Massey for praise.
“Matt Cook was consistently good throughout the game and difficult to handle whether he played in the back row or up front,” he added.
“He looks strong and runs good lines in the back row. When you have players who can play in the middle unit and in the back row as well it really stands you in good stead.
“Denny Solomona took his try well and looked quick and strong. He was good in the air under the high ball as well.”
“I thought Nathan Massey was the pick of our players.
“He got on the ball really well and showed great footwork. He caused Featherstone trouble every time he carried the ball. I was really pleased with him.”
Jordan Howden played at full-back for the Tigers after Ash Robson was injured.
“Ash Robson broke his thumb in training on Tuesday. I was really disappointed for him because he has been tearing trees up in training,” said Powell.
“Jordan Howden did well. We are going to have a look at him in the centres down the track but I thought he was really assured. He looked solid.
“I thought Will Maher was very good. He looked strong when he went on and I was pleased with all the young kids.”