Coach Daryl Powell admitted Castleford Tigers were fortunate to salvage a point by scoring three late tries in Thursday’s 18-18 draw at Hull FC.
The Tigers were heading for defeat at 18-4 down with just 13 minutes left but Hull-bound stand-off Marc Sneyd sparked a fightback with a try before producing kicks that saw winger James Clare scored twice in the last seven minutes.
“We didn’t start playing until well into the second half,” said Powell.
“It was a point gained, that one.
“I thought Hull were really good, they obviously responded to what happened to them last week. They had a bit more energy and a bit more intent and looked like they wanted to win it a bit more than us tonight.
“We were a bit lacklustre for large periods. We just couldn’t get any flow into our game but when we need to play well, we’ve scored more tries than anybody else in the last 20 minutes this year so there’s always a chance.
“You can’t question the team’s character. They’ve been fantastic again. We probably didn’t deserve it but we’ve had a couple of others where we have deserved it and not got it so on balance we’ve probably got a square ledger at the moment.”
Sneyd set up Castleford’s first-half try for skipper Michael Shenton and in the closing stages demonstrated why Hull paid Salford a £100,000 transfer fee to prize him away from the Tigers with whom he is spending a season-long loan.
“Sneydy pulled a couple of rabbits out of the hat,” Powell said. “They were quality pieces of play that got us points. He’s got an instinct about him that he displayed at the back end.”