Following Castleford’s 30-12 loss to Hull FC, Daryl Powell blasted the quality of the game, but had high praise for teenage debutant Jason Qareqare.
“It was slow and painful and I think it was hard for both teams – we battled hard, but either side of half-time did it for us really, and we couldn’t quite get it back,” Powell said.
“We had to move Paul McShane to halfback, we lost our pivot and halfback from the semi which most teams would struggle with.
“We worked hard and hung in there, but it was an unbelievable touch from Jason Qareqare and I was so made up for him.
“For a young bloke to make his debut and do that with his first touch was sublime.
“People have been giving stick at me for not smiling over the years and that was a great moment.
“We didn’t have a lot to cheer about today as the game as a whole was a really low affair but that was worthy of getting on your feet.”
Powell did have one concern with Alex Foster getting stretchered off.
“He’s ok, he’s still in the physio room and he seems to be alright.
“Everything is moving, but he just felt some pain in his neck and it spooked him a little bit.”