Castleford coach praises players

Featherstone's Jonny Hepworth is wrapped up by Castleford duo Weller Hauraki and Lee Gilmour
Featherstone's Jonny Hepworth is wrapped up by Castleford duo Weller Hauraki and Lee Gilmour
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A number of players came in for praise from Castleford Tigers coach Ian Millward after their performances against Featherstone Rovers in the pre-season warm-up at the Wish Communications Stadium.

After trailing 10-0 the Tigers ran in four unanswered tries in the last 22 minutes as an attack that earlier stuttered found its rhythm.

Stand-off Rangi Chase was the orchestrator, but a new potent left side attack was revealed with Lee Gilmour combining effectively with Jake Webster and Justin Carney.

Millward said: “There’s some power there down the left with Webster and Carney and obviously Rangi .

“I thought Rangi Chase played like he’s been training in the off season – very well – and he showed a lot of composure in the second half.

“It was good for the fans to see some of our new players with Justin Carney and Weller Hauraki playing pretty strong. With Lee Gilmour I’ve coached him before so I’m probably his biggest fan, but he’s got it written all over him that he’s going to be a good coach one day. His understanding of the game and the way he passes it on to other guys is having a big effect.

“It was a good exercise for us. It’s not easy for a group of guys that have been just put together to come from 10 points down, but they showed good composure and put 20 points on.

“I thought everyone contributed well in defence and everyone had an error in them in attack. The last 20 minutes we held the ball and with it looked very strong.”