We must play better – Matterson

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CASTLEFORD Tigers coach Terry Matterson (pictured) felt there was plenty of room for improvement in his side’s performance after they ended their losing Super League run by beating Harlequins 56-24 at Probiz Coliseum on Sunday.

Rangi Chase scored four second-half tries as the Tigers achieved their first victory in six league games but Matterson believes they need to play better.

“It’s great to score 56 points and when we have the ball we are really hard to defend against,” he said.

“But over the last three or four weeks we’ve hardly held any ball and it was the same in the first-half today. We came up with some poor plays.

“Rangi Chase was a lot more controlled today but there some things we’ve got to do a lot better. We won by 32 points but to concede 24 points was very disappointing.

“Some of play in the first half lacked concentration. We dropped some really easy balls and there were opportunities we missed. We know we’ve got to be a hell of lot better than that.”

The Tigers welcomed back prop Jonathan Walker from a 12-match lay-off with knee trouble but they suffered a blow when Samoan centre Willie Isa was stretchered off with an ankle injury in the second half.

Matterson said: “We are keeping our fingers crossed that Willie’s injury is not too serious.

“Willie gives us solidarity and gives other people confidence around him. Certainly, Rangi is a lot better defender with Willie there and it just gives us more strength.

“I was really pleased to see Jonathan Walker back because we’ve lacked fire power and size up front and that’s an important factor especially when you are playing the big teams.

“He still has to get a few weeks under his belt but he it’s great to have him back.

“I thought Jordan Thompson’s impact from the bench was really good. He played in the forwards and the helps with our rotation. He is a very powerful runner.”