Niall Evalds: After losing the Challenge Cup final, Castleford Tigers’ Lance Todd trophy winner is bittersweet | Rugby Union News


Castleford full-back Niall Evalds joined the list of players who won the Lance Todd Trophy and lost to the losing team in Saturday’s Challenge Cup final. He said: “This is bittersweet, but it may be something I will be very proud of when I look back on it.”

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Niall Evalds joined the list of players who won the Lance Todd Trophy and lost to the losing team in the Challenge Cup final

Since the Lance Todd Trophy was first awarded to players in the Challenge Cup final in 1946, 10 men have won the honor while losing the game.

They include the cross-code prop Frank Whitcomb-the first of them when Wigan defeated Bradford Northern in 1948-Hunslet’s Brian Gabbitas, who shared the award with Ray Ashby of Wigan in 1965, and can Don Fox, said to be the most famous Wakefield Trinity, was in the “Watersplash Final” in 1968.

This 10-man list does not include the strange case of Eddie Cunningham, a Widnes center who won 14-14 in the 1982 Wembley and Hull Football Club final, but then After losing to the losing team in the 18-day Elland Road rematch.

On Saturday, Niall Evalds joined these outstanding names and tried to score from the full-back position of the Castleford Tigers. However, the 26-12 loss to St Helens means that the man who lost with the Salford Red Devils in the final last year experienced the same bittersweet emotions as those before him.

“The more you play in these big games, the more you want it,” said Evalz, who experienced the pain of losing the Super League Finals with the Red Devils. “I have played three finals now and I have lost all three, so I really want to win one.

“I don’t want to end my career without winning a trophy. Everyone at Cas is the same. We just want to move on for the rest of the league. I hope all the fans will support us and really help us. .

“At the moment, this is bittersweet, but it may be something I look back on and feel very proud of. Like other boys, I am frustrated, but we have to unite ourselves. Next we have Catalans for a week, So I hope we can show a good performance.”

At the moment, it is bittersweet, but it may be something I look back on and feel very proud of.

Lance Todd Trophy Winner Neil Evalz

The 27-year-old Evalz still has time to win the so far elusive Challenge Cup final championship medal or finals championship ring, and if he gets a nod, he may also win the glory of the Rugby League World Cup later this year. Sean Way Well the England team.

The Halifax native is also approaching the peak of his players. Castleford coach Darryl Powell will leave the club to join the Warrington Wolves at the end of the season. He expects this man to have more Show who will play in the Tigers for at least two more seasons.

Powell said of Evalz: “He is a great signing for the club, and keeping him is a great cause.” “He is first-rate, his speed is so fast and elusive, I think He is learning and growing in the game.

“His game is getting better and better. He just needs to persevere to do it now. He is a champion player and I think he is great.”

The club signed him is a great signing, and keeping him is a good business. He is top-notch, his speed is so fast and elusive, I think he is learning and growing in the game.

Castleford head coach Darryl Powell talks about Neil Evalz

In addition to winning the Lance Todd trophy, Evalz also received some consolation because he visited Wembley for the first time as a player last year, when he was in an empty stadium, except for a few media and dignitaries.

He is proud of the achievements the Tigers have achieved in the finals and believes that the preparations will not be better. Now the focus immediately shifts to the Super League and Saturday’s journey against the leaders Catalonia Dragons.

“Last year I played here without fans, I didn’t feel the big game, I will be completely honest,” Evalz said. “All the boys are very excited to drive into the stadium and see all the fans. This cannot be replicated.

“Although I am frustrated, playing at Wembley is a special moment and we must be proud of ourselves.

Niall Evalds is a member of the Salford team, which won the Challenge Cup runner-up in 2020

Niall Evalds is a member of the Salford team, which won the Challenge Cup runner-up in 2020

“I think we are ready for the whole week, and we talked about what this means to each of us, and what it means to the town, the fans and our family.

“But thanks to the Saints, they are a championship team and they proved it in the second half. The hot conditions made the game difficult. It was an arm wrestling and they eventually defeated us.”

The winner of the Lance Todd Trophy is among the losing teams*

Frank Whitcomb (Wigan, 1948), Tommy Harris (Wakefield, 1960), Brian Gabitas (Henslet, 1965-with Wigan’s Ray. Ashby wins together), Don Fox (Wakefield, 1968), George Nichols (St Helens, 1978), David Toplis (Wakefield, 1979), Luo Bill Paul (Bradford, 1996), Gary Connolly (Leeds United, 2003), Kevin Hinfield (Leeds United, 2005), Neil Evaltz (Custer Elford, 2021).

*Eddie Cunningham of Widnes also won the Lance Todd trophy in the 1982 draw final and became the losing team in the subsequent rematch.



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