Return to action sees Luke Dorn make his mark for Castleford

Luke Dorn, on his return to action for Castleford against Widnes Vikings.
Luke Dorn, on his return to action for Castleford against Widnes Vikings.
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FIT-AGAIN CASTLEFORD Tigers full-back Luke Dorn says he lost track of how much time he spent on the sidelines.

Dorn made his comeback from a hamstring injury in the 34-20 home win over Widnes Vikings two days ago.

That was his first appearance in 12 games and he said: “It has been a long time – I lost count.

“I started to count after six weeks and then when I re-did it I stopped counting.

“I don’t know how long it has been, but it’s been a long, long time.”

Dorn – who made his 250th British club appearance against Widnes – admitted Tigers’ recent form helped make his lay-off easier to cope with.

Cas are on a five-match winning run, playing well and high on confidence and the former London Broncos and Salford stalwart said: “If the boys aren’t doing so well you want to get back in and help.

“Your frustration is probably greater because you think ‘I want to get back, I want to help the boys out because they are struggling’.

“But the boys are doing really well – and our transfer from training week to game day has been excellent.”

One of Tigers’ stand-in full-backs, Jordan Tansey, left the club last month to join Wakefield Trinity Wildcats.

Ben Roberts, who ousted Tansey as Tigers’ last line of defence, dropped to the bench against Widnes and slotted in at hooker when he came on, but Dorn admitted he thought the Samoan’s form might keep him out of the side.

“I thought it was touch and go,” he said. “Benny has been playing exceptionally well. It is a great thing we have got a lot of people who can fill a lot of positions. Benny did an absolutely fantastic job and I was probably pretty lucky to get back in there, but when you get back in you’ve got to take your chance and make sure you’re important to the team.”

Dorn provided the final pass for Tigers’ opening two tries, scored by Denny Solomona and he reflected: “It was good. I just wanted to get through it, not get through it in terms of injury, but get through it and be rock-solid, because the boys have been building our game on patience and wearing teams down.

“I wanted to be part of that, so I didn’t want to over-play my hand too much.

“To be able to help set up a few tries and do some decent things under the high ball, I was really pleased.”

Tigers are fifth in First Utility Super League, but only two points behind second-placed St Helens. Dorn said: “We’ve got a decent run-in and a lot of the teams above us are going to play each other, so they’re going to be knocking each other off. If we consistently do what we’ve been doing, there’s no reason why we can’t finish very high.”