Castleford star: Opening game felt like a loss

Castleford's Luke Dorn.
Castleford's Luke Dorn.

Castleford Tigers full-back Luke Dorn admitted the opening draw at Hull KR felt like a loss after his side had led for so long in the match.

Dorn and his team-mates saw leads of 6-0, 12-6 and 16-10 eroded and conceded tries to the last plays of both halves as they came away with just one point from their efforts.

Dorn said: “It feels like a loss because we had it in our grasp to win the game and I think we sort of handed them the opportunity. Give them some credit, they were good enough to take it.

“Most teams are, you can’t be doing that and can’t be giving teams opportunities when you’ve got the game in the bag.

“We controlled it for a lot, but it was a tough game, both teams had to play through some atrocious conditions.”

While obviously disappointed with the result, Dorn felt Cas had played well in patches.

He said: “Our handling probably let us down, me personally in the first half when the wind and the rain really started to come down. But as a group I thought we played pretty well.

“We had to evolve our game plan a bit because of the conditions, but there were certainly more positives than negatives.

“The negative is just that we’ve let a game slip, the positives are that we had a game for 79 minutes in the bag against a good team at their place.

“We’re confident we can turn it round next week and something we’ve got to address is our ability to do that.”

Dorn acknowledged that it was a big blow to lose skipper Michael Shenton in the game to a potential season-long injury, but believes the squad is big enough to be able to cope.

He added: “To lose a bloke like Michael Shenton is a blow to any team.

“He’s probably I think the best centre in the competition and he’s a phenomenal leader.

“He’s not one of the guys who is constantly talking, but what he says is great.

“He’ll still be our leader, but we’re lucky enough that we’ve got a lot of senior guys in the team and we’ve got a lot of leaders.

“We’ve really worked on trying to take our leadership to the next level throughout our pre-season so as much as will be a blow we’ll be right and work through it.

“Powelly’s been building some depth over the last three years.

“We’ve got plenty of guys who can cover a lot of positions so we’re very lucky in that.

“Powelly and the coaching staff have built a strong squad, not just a strong 17.”