Sneyd wasn’t surprised at being taken off

Castleford half-back Marc Sneyd admits he wasn’t surprised at being taken off during the first-half at Wembley on Saturday – saying he can’t fault Daryl Powell’s decision to sub him.

Sneyd was far from his best during that opening 40 minutes – even hooking a relatively simple conversion wide as Castleford made a very slow start to the Challenge Cup final defeat to Leeds. And Sneyd says the target for him and Cas now is to get back into Super League matters with a bang – starting with Bradford this Sunday.

“I wasn’t too surprised to be fair,” Sneyd said. “I didn’t have the best of starts to the game. I missed a couple of tackles which obviously you can’t do in big games like this, so I can’t fault him for bringing me off.

“I didn’t feel too nervous going into the game to be fair, I felt really excited. But I don’t think (the missed conversion attempt) was down to that. It was just a poor strike of the ball.”

“We will get back into training and stay together because we’re a really close-knit group of lads anyway. Hopefully we won’t get too down by it. We’ve got Bradford next Sunday and we’ve got to get back to winning ways in Super League.”