DENNY SOLOMONA’S long-awaited return from injury was soured by Castleford Tigers’ 24-16 loss against Huddersfield Giants.
The New Zealander winger made his first appearance on Thursday night since suffering a knee problem in the defeat at St Helens back in February.
It was only his fourth game for the club since joining from London Broncos, but ended in disappointment after a narrow defeat against their Super League rivals.
Castleford were on the wrong end of two controversial calls from the referees who awarded a dubious try in each half to the dogged visitors.
But Solomona, 21, insisted: “They were just soft tries that we conceded – one-out carries straight under the posts?
“That’s what hurt us. Everyone’s saying it was decisions by referees. But at the end of the day soft tries like that shouldn’t have been given away in the first place.”
For his part, Solomona looked relatively sharp considering his lengthy absence.
He was due to return against Catalans Dragons three weeks ago but pulled up with a recurrence of the knee injury during the warm-up and, so, had spent three months in total out.
“I am just glad to be back, 100 per cent,” he said, having replaced the dropped James Clare.
“The lungs were really going 10 minutes into the game but I tried my best.
“Now I just want to try get out of these little niggles and crack on for next week against Wakefield.”
Castleford face Trinity in Newcastle at Magic Weekend next Sunday when they will seek to pick up a first win in four games.
Solomona scored two tries against them during a 24-22 opening-day loss on his Tigers debut.
Castleford will be without Frankie Mariano for the re-match, however, after the former Wildcats second-row suffered knee ligament damage against Huddersfield.