We got too loose – Matterson

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COACH Terry Matterson (pictured) believes Castleford’s 26-26 draw at Harlequins will be a “very good lesson” for his side.

The Tigers needed a last-minute Kirk Dixon penalty to salvage a share of the spoils in Friday’s Super League game in London.

Having looked comfortable at 24-10 ahead, the Tigers found themselves two points down with seconds to play after three late tries from the home side turned the contest on its head.

Despite the late heroics from winger Dixon, Matterson was not a happy man.

He said: “We got too loose, we got a bit flashy and we almost got punished.

“Credit to Quins as they produced some really good stuff at the end but it should have been all over before then.

“I thought we were sluggish at the start and we looked a bit lethargic but we really worked our way into the contest.

“We wanted to quicken the pace of the game and when we did we took control.

“The expectations have got way out of hand for us and I think this game will be a very good lesson for everybody.”

Richard Owen bagged a brace along with scores from Rangi Chase and Daryl Clarke as Cas looked to strengthen their grip on top spot.

But a double from Tony Clubb and further scores from Lamont Bryan, Luke Dorn and Andy Ellis hauled the Londoners close to a stunning victory, only for Dixon to prove decisive.