COACH Ian Millward (pictured) felt Castleford Tigers "could have been a lot smarter" in the second-half of their Stobart Super League defeat against Catalan Dragons in the south of France this afternoon.
Winger Josh Griffin's three tries were not enough as Tigers were punished for conceding penalties as they slipped to a 28-20 defeat after they led 16-6 at the break and 20-10 with 25 minutes remaining.
Millward said: "We've probably led the whole game up to the last 10 minutes and that had a little bit to do with naivety in us in the second half. We gave up some penalties which in hindsight we could've been a lot smarter with and that gave them some field position and repeat sets. If you look in the wash-up that will be the reason that we lost this game."
However, Millward was pleased with Castleford's overall performance.
"I've got to say that's probably the best we've played this year so far. I'm very proud of my players from the first half," he said.
"I thought our attack was very, very good and we were unlucky not to score some more points.
"We got a little bit tired later on in the game and they've got some big forwards and they bent us back and started making some momentum in the ruck area but there wasn't much in the game.
"It's very pleasing for me because I rate Les Catalans very highly and I think they'll finish in the top four.
"For us to go toe to toe with them here in France was very pleasing.