Castleford Tigers coach Daryl Powell felt lack of composure cost his side dear in Saturday’s 13-12 defeat against Catalan Dragons in Perpignan
The Tigers slipped to a second successive Super League loss this season after being sunk by Scott Dureau’s drop goal three minutes from time.
“I thought we deserved something out of the game to be honest,” said Powell.
“In the second half, we couldn’t quite get our game together, which was disappointing. We weren’t the smartest team of footballers out there today as a team but we certainly were one of the most committed.”
Powell felt his side should have taken advantage when the French side were reduced to 11 men following a fracas that saw Olivier Elima and Eloi Pelissier and Castleford centre Jake Webster sent to the sin bin.
The Tigers were winning 6-0 before the incident but Escare’s converted try and a penalty from Dureau put the Dragons ahead before the yellow-carded trio returned to action.
“I thought we were great in lots of ways but just lost our composure at the key moment within the game, especially when Catalans were down to 11 men,” Powell added.
“We should have come out of that in front and as it happened, we came out of that two points behind.”