Millward rues Tigers’ poor pass completion

Ian Millward.
Ian Millward.

CASTLEFORD Tigers boss Ian Millward put his side’s latest defeat down to an inability to retain the ball.

The Tigers lost 40-10 away to Widnes Vikings after an awful completion rate meant they were under pressure for much of Monday night’s Stobart Super League game.

The loss was Castleford’s fifth defeat in their last six Super League games and left them just two points above Widnes.

Millward said: “We had a completion rate of 26 per cent. It’s a simple game, you don’t have the ball you are not going to score.

“We just didn’t give ourselves a chance. That’s for me to work out why that is.

“At half-time we were comfortable to be honest, but we didn’t complete and we have had that for a while. We spoke about retention of the ball and exposing some areas, but it never happened and we need to look at it.

“Everyone goes on at the amount of tries we conceded, but it’s because we didn’t have the ball and we kept putting ourselves under pressure.

“Widnes were the better team. They were more consistent and better in more areas. I’m not going to downplay their contribution. They were good and they have beaten some good sides.”

Despite the defeat Millward had a message of hope for the fans.

He added: “What I will say to the fans is to hang in there. I’m not here to dwell on anyone who is out or who has gone for operations.

“We are in a position at the moment and I have faith that we will get out of it.”

Vikings boss Denis Betts was obviously delighted after his club’s fourth win of the season moved them off the bottom of the table.

He said: “The players were fantastic. The lads really have been great this month. They have taken a lot of stick and the resilience and toughness is coming through.

“The players deserve it - we knew these days were going to come. All credit to the lads, there were too many to name who were great for us. (Jon) Clarke was outstanding though, he put in a great effort as did Eamon O’Carroll on debut.”