Tigers players can be proud of their efforts - Donlan

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CASTLEFORD'S acting head coach Stuart Donlan felt his side "had a real dig" in Friday's 36-14 home defeat against Super League champions Leeds Rhinos.

Trailing 18-0 in the first-half, the Tigers reduced the deficit to 18-14 before Leeds sealed victory with three converted tries in the last 17 minutes.

Donlan (pictured), who attended the funeral of 19-year-old Robbie Millward earlier on Friday with the rest of the Tigers backroom staff, dedicated his side's much-improved performance to the late son of head coach Ian Millward, who is on compassionate leave.

"The lads can be proud of their efforts," said Donlan.

"A few key decisions in the second half and couple of errors probably put on the back foot and took a lot of energy out of us.

"I am sure Ian if he was watching will have been proud of them. At 18-14 we had a real good chance of coming away with a result.

"I thought for 60 minutes we did the job really well. We need to concentrate on doing it for the full 80.

"Although we didn't get the win, we're dedicating that performance and commitment to Robbie.

"Ian's not ready to come back yet. He needs to spend a bit of time with his family and get stronger but he's determined to come back."