RANGI Chase was the star of the show as Castleford Tigers regained top spot in Super League with Sunday’s 52-20 win against Salford at Probiz Coliseum.
Tigers coach Terry Matterson hailed Chase after the classy New Zealander was involved in most of Castleford’s best work in a nine-try spree.
“Rangi is playing as well as I’ve seen him play,” said Matterson.
“That’s duo to a whole lot of factors but Danny Orr is certainly one of them.
“I like the way Rangi is playing with a lot of control. We know he’s got his bag of tricks but he is also getting us round the field and he is not overplaying. He’s worked really hard on being a team player and I couldn’t ask for anything more. I thought his defence was a big improvement as well.”
Kirk Dixon, who was switched from the wing to centre in place of suspended Willie Isa, was also a major contributor with a try and eight goals from nine kicks as the Tigers made it seven wins from eight games this season.
Matterson said: “Kirk hasn’t played at centre for about four years. He has caught a bit of flak at different times over his goalkicking but he has worked hard on it and his kicking today was outstanding. It makes a big difference when you are getting six points all the time from tries.
“We played some good rugby. I wasn’t too concerned when Salford led 10-6 in the first half. I wanted to see how our guys reacted and they reacted in the right way and scored some wonderful tries.”
Nick Youngquest and Joe Arundel each bagged two touchdowns and Castleford’s other try scorers were Dean Widders, Daryl Clark, Richard Owen and Richard Mathers.
Matterson is refusing to get carried away by Castleford’s great start to the season.
“I know what’s coming down the track and it’s going to really test us over the Easter period,” he said.
“But we haven’t been talking about that. We’ve just been talking about each game and we are focusing on Friday’s game against Harlequins. They are a tough team and will look to bounce back after losing at Wakefield.
“We didn’t set any pre-season targets. We brought in so many players and I didn’t really know what to set.”
Salford director of rugby Steve Simms also praised Tigers star Chase.
“Special players change games and Rangi Chase was outstanding today. If there were any international teams picked this week he would be in all of them but we made him look pretty good,” said former Featherstone Rovers coach Simms.