Makinson believes Carney can be compared to Ryan Hall

St Helens winger Tommy Makinson believes that Castleford winger Justin Carney is of a very similar quality to Ryan Hall.

Hall, the Leeds and England wingman, has been called the ‘World’s Best Winger’ in the recent past, but Makinson feels that Carney is close to the Rhino in terms of his ability.

Makinson will go head-to-head with the Australian this Fridat evening when the Tigers travel to Langtree Park to play the Saints.

Justin Carney is my opposite winger, I’ve played against him quite a few times,” he said.

“I’ve got a tremendous amount of respect for him. I look up to him, he’s a great player who has played in Australia and then come over here.

“He’s got so many strings to his bow, he can do pretty much everything as a winger.

“He’s pretty similar to Ryan Hall. It’ll be a great test for me and I’m really looking forward to it.”

Saints will be looking to bounce back from their heavy World Club Challenge defeat to South Sydney when the Tigers come to town on Friday.

Although Cas have lost their opening two Super League games, Makinson knows that they still possess plenty of quality.

“You saw last year how good a side Castleford was, and they’ve only added to that this year,” he said.

“They played a Catalans side who are going to be up there this year, and only lost by a point.

“They’re a great side, and we had some great tussles with them last year, and they’ve got some great players across the park.

“That’s the great thing about rugby league – we got battered 39-0 on Sunday night, but thre’s no quicker or better tournaround than to play on the Friday.

“You get over it really quick, and straight away you’ve got to focus on this weekend, and that’s what we’ll be doing.”

Makinson admits that his team did not do themselves justice in the 39-0 defeat to South Sydney on Sunday.

He was quick to acknowledge the quality of the Rabbitohs team, though.

“It was a bad game, every bounce of the ball went their way,” he said.

“It was what you call a bad day at the office. But, take nothing away from South Sydney, they’re a quality, clinical side.

“They’re a great team. They trounced us in the end.”

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