Castleford Tigers: Powell hails Solomona’s try heroics

Denny Solomona.
Denny Solomona.
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FLYING WINGER Denny Solomona’s try scoring record has been hailed by Castleford Tigers coach Daryl Powell, but he says it was a team effort.

Solomona’s brace in last Saturday’s 34-28 win at Catalans Dragons took him to 37 in Super League and the Super-8s, eclipsing Lesley Vainikolo’s previous mark of 36 set in 2004.

He is just one short of equalling the post-play-offs record of 38 scored by Vainikolo and Danny McGuire the same year.

Solomona also crossed twice in the Challenge Cup and needs one try in Sunday’s final game, at home to Widnes Vikings, to equal St John Ellis’ club record of 40 from 1993-94.

Ellis played 41 games that season. Sunday’s match will be Solomona’s 28th appearance.

Powell described the new record as “pretty special”, but added: “I do think our left edge has provided him with so many opportunities.

“When Denny has not played there’s been nine tries scored on the left-hand side. It could have been a lot more if he had played every single game, but clearly it has been a special effort.

“He has been awesome, he is a special, special player. To get the amount of tries he has, he has been outstanding this year.”

The victory at Catalans left Tigers sixth in the table, but they are just one point behind the French side.

Powell said: “It is always difficult to get a win at Catalans.

“They had a lot of emotional reasons to win the game.

“Our injury situation has been well-documented and to go there with a young team and do what we did, it was a big, big win for us.

“We lost our way a bit in the second half and gave them a reason to get back into the game, but ultimately we fully deserved the win.”