Castleford coach Daryl Powell admitted it will be impossible to replace England stand-off Rangi Chase after he led the Tigers to a 44-30 win against Salford City Reds.
Chase, who has put in a transfer request, was Castleford’s match-winner against the club he is set to join next season.
Salford recovered from 20-6 down to lead 24-20 before England stand-off Chase transformed the game with a superb 62nd-minute solo try that sparked a burst of three tries in four minutes.
“I had a chat with Rangi at half-time because I thought he was trying to do a little too much at times in the first half,” said Powell.
“He then has a period like he had in the second half where he is unbelievably difficult to handle. Everything he did turned to gold for a 10-minute period which put us on the front foot and got us us back into a winning position.
“Rangi is special player and he certainly is if you give him any time.
“When you lose a player you gain one from somewhere and find a way to play that suits the players you’ve got at the time.
“You can’t replace Rangi, you’ve got to play slightly differently.
“There’s a lot of talk about Rangi but if he has seen fit to play somewhere else that’s his prerogative. Obviously, the club will do well out of it and we’ve got to make sure what we end up with next season is a positive situation.”