Castleford Tigers boss passes injury list as they lose THREE players before kickoff Yorkshire News

The West Yorkshire club saw winger Niall Evalds wake up with a sore calf in yesterday’s team race, England’s second row Oli Holmes was ruled out this morning and Pete Mata’utia was named in the starting lineup, but then withdrew due to a back number before kick-off.

Castleford lost 38-14 to Gareth Widdop’s hat-trick causing much of the damage, but they were 16-10 behind approaching the hour mark.

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James Clare switched to full-back to replace Evalds and second row Jesse Sene-Lefao had to move to center to take Mata’utia’s place, with young Brad Martin getting a rare start.

Powell explained: “Pete (Mata’utia) came to the game today.

“I only really found out (about the injury) when I hit the ground.

“He has a back problem, but I don’t think it will keep him out anymore.

“We lost Niall Evalds in the team race yesterday so that causes more problems than losing your winger and Gareth O’Brien also injured.

Castleford Tigers’ Jake Trueman runs for the first try of the game. (PAUL CURRIE / SWPIX)

“Niall’s calf tensed yesterday.

“It’s a big problem with the response times of five days, as they have very little recovery, especially for players like him who are doing so much work.

“It can have a huge impact on being able to play. That’s what affected Niall yesterday. We hope it’s not so bad.

“It will have a scan and we will take it from there.

Castleford Tigers makeshift center, Jesse Sene-Lefao. (PAUL CURRIE / SWPIX)

“Oli (Holmes) had a trapped nerve in his neck that he woke up to this morning and could barely move.

“He has been playing fantastic for us, so it was a great loss, but I think he will be fine next week. He just couldn’t go to the field this afternoon.

“We had 11 or 12 players today and they all go into 17.

“It’s difficult, but sometimes you just have to face it and move on.”

Man of Steel Paul McShane came out late with a triceps injury, but Powell doesn’t think it’s a serious problem.

Stand-off Jake Trueman was also a doubt until shortly before kickoff, but he stood out because Castleford scored a try and kicked wonderfully.

Suaia Matagi, the loaned mainstay of the Huddersfield Giants, finally made her debut and impressed as improvised winger Jordan Turner scored another two attempts.

Powell said: “At halftime we did some really good things and we were inside with a good score, but Warrington just had too much for us at the end.

“There were some really good performances from our guys, but as a team we seemed a bit clumsy as you would expect with so many position changes.

“At the end of the day, we have Leeds next week and then Warrington again in the Cup semi-final, so it’s an important couple of weeks for us.

“Sometimes you have periods where you have a lot of injuries and it has happened to all of us in one day.

“We are disappointed, but Warrington was too good.”

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This notice was published: 2021-05-23 01:16:18