CASTLEFORD Tigers coach Terry Matterson (pictured) was pleased to get back to winning ways as his side thrashed Rochdale Hornets 72-10 in Sunday’s Carnegie Challenge Cup fourth round tie at Spotland.
The Tigers ended a four-game winless streak and booked a fifth round clash at Wakefield with a 13-try success over Co-operative Championship One outfit Rochdale.
Matterson’s team had fallen behind to a Scott Yates try after 12 minutes but, while Rochdale remained willing opponents, the gulf in class was evident as the Tigers romped away to seal an away date with local rivals Wakefield in the next round.
Joe Arundel, Kirk Dixon, Steve Snitch, Nathan Massey and Daryl Clark all touched down twice while there were also scores for Rangi Chase, Adam Milner and Richard Owen.
The Tigers had been the early-season pacesetters in Engage Super League before their recent form slump and, after fielding a near full-strength side, Matterson is hoping for a turn in fortunes.
“It was real important to win,” he said.
“We’ve lost three in a row (plus a draw with Harlequins) and we probably should have won two of those games.
“Your confidence goes down and you wonder where your next win is coming from so it’s a good win at the end of the day.
“It was a little bit scratchy to start with but I think you have to give credit to Rochdale. They put us under a lot of pressure and played some really entertaining rugby.
“Once we got into gear, and with the gulf between two divisions, it started to show. We were just too fast for them in the middle.
“But they had a really big dig at us and our blokes are a little bit sore.”
Matterson was pleased to come through a tough encounter unscathed while also resting key men Richard Mathers and Brett Ferres, who had been carrying calf injuries, ahead of Friday night’s trip to Super League leaders Warrington.
In their absences, 19-year-old winger Greg Eden impressed on his competitive debut alongside Massey to give Matterson extra reason for cheer as he looks to mastermind a form turnaround.
Matterson added: “It was good to give a couple of guys like Nathan Massey and Greg Eden a go. I thought they were two of our better players today.
“The young guys looked strong and fast. They are very agile. It’s good to have another one coming through in Greg Eden.
“We are a bit light there with Willie Isa and Nick Youngquest out at the minute.
“It’s handy to have Greg coming through. I’ve been looking to give him a run because you can’t always gauge how well someone is going in the Under-20s.”
The Australian expected his rested players to be fit for the trip to Wolves, adding: “We’ll have Ferres, Mathers and Stuart Jones - those three will definitely be all right.
“They would have played if this was a Super League game but with the short turnaround we thought we had enough to get the job done.
“Now we’ll get them ready for Friday.”