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Powell Praises McNamara’s Catalans

Powell Praises McNamara’s Catalans

Castleford Tigers boss Daryl Powell says he has a lot of respect for Steve McNamara and Catalans Dragons after their Challenge Cup win. The French side unexpectedly triumphed 20-14 against Warrington Wolves on Saturday to seal a historic cup win and become the first non-British side to lift the Challenge Cup trophy in its 122-year history.

Ahead of their Super 8s meeting on Saturday at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle Stadium, Powell has been praising his upcoming opponents and says special praise should go to McNamara, who has turned the club from relegation candidates into cup winners.

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“Catalans have been excellent,” said Powell. “They obviously had a lot of French players in the World Cup and it took them some time to get going, but you have to give a massive amount of credit to Steve McNamara and how positive he’s been all the way through.

“That’s a huge win for them in the Challenge Cup final as a club and for French rugby league as well, so from their perspective it was really pleasing.

“They are a dangerous team. They are aggressive, they are really tough and come after you. They’re a difficult team to play against as we found out the last time we played them over in France.”

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