CASTLEFORD coach Terry Matterson (pictured) praised his players after they produced a memorable second-half recovery to draw 22-22 with reigning Super League champions Wigan on Sunday.
Trailing 22-4 at the break, Tigers scored 18 unanswered second-half points to share the spoils.
Matterson, who brought mercurial stand-off Rangi Chase off the bench to orchestrate the fightback, said: “I didn’t think we were that poor in the first half and I thought the scoreline was harsh on us.
“We made too many mistakes and you can’t do that against such a good team as Wigan.
“But I knew we were on the right track because our attitude was really good coming into the game.
“The boys never gave up and we made a game of it in the second half.”
Former Wigan full-back Richie Mathers scored a last minute try to level the scores.
Mathers had endured a nightmare first half, costing his side at least one try and making a number of handling errors. He was replaced in the 28th minute before coming back on in the second period.
Mathers was on hand to collect Chase’s pass and dive over in the left corner with just seconds remaining for his side’s fifth touchdown.
Matterson said: “Richie didn’t drop his head and did some good things when he came back on. That’s the mark of the player he is.”