Daryl Powell speaks out about Danny Richardson and Gareth O’Brien

It’s an unlikely partnership, all things considered, but Danny Richardson and Gareth O’Brien have been one of the main catalysts for Castleford’s upturn in form.

The Tigers have won three games on the spin, including incredible victories away at Leeds and St Helens – as well as a tough, hard-fought win over Wakefield.

And, at the core of those wins has been the fruitful partnership between Richardson – who has found it difficult to get into the side in 2021 and O’Brien – who has struggled with injury this season.

But, it’s a partnership which head coach Daryl Powell has enthused about.

“I think Danny has been great, he’s felt it a bit tough this year,” Powell said.

“He had an injury earlier on and missed out on Wembley which is tough for players, but he’s battled his way back and got a consistent run of games and he’s just improved over the last month where he’s been playing consistently so.

“Gaz is not the most vocal of halfbacks, we’ve been trying to work on him in that respect but he is one of the toughest.

“I really like the way he goes about his game, his kicking game is really good and has a really good combination with Danny.

“He’s been great whether he’s been at halfback or fullback, he’s not the biggest player.”

Powell did reveal that he has looked at signing O’Brien before.

“We were looking at Gaz to sort out the fullback situation which is something we’ve done a few times, but he chose to go to Toronto for the life experience and financial decision.

“But, I am really pleased we’ve got him, he’s fitted in great and everything about him I really enjoy coaching.”

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