Castleford coach sees positive signs

Ian Millward.
Ian Millward.

Although they lost their opening game of the new Super League season Castleford Tigers boss Ian Millward was encouraged by his team’s display in the 40-24 defeat at Warrington Wolves.

After being blown away by a blistering start from last year’s grand finalists the Tigers recovered to run in four tries of their own and Millward felt his team competed well once they settled down.

He said: “We only completed two sets in the first 15 minutes and with a lot of defending to do early on we lacked continuity. There were also a couple of calls that went against us which meant we were up against it.

“We made some errors at vital stages and it showed that we need more games together as a team.

“Jordan Tansey tried really hard but he came into this having been out of Super League for the last 18 months. Keith Mason was also lacking match fitness and couldn’t play as long as normal.

“In the second half we held them out continually and if we had got one or two more tries it could have been a different scoreline.

“Overall I thought we showed some positive signs. Lee Gilmour and Weller Hauraki were really good and young Oli Holmes looked strong too but I thought everyone played well.”