Competitive game is just the job says Millward

Ian Millward
Ian Millward

While admitting his team dropped the ball too much Castleford Tigers boss Ian Millward was pleased with Sunday’s run out at the wish Communications Stadium.

The final pre-season warm-up against Featherstone Rovers gave the Tigers the test they were looking for and the head coach was happy at the finish, especially with the defence and the way the players battled back from 10-0 down to win 20-10.

He said: “It was competitive and that’s why I picked the game.

“You pick the friendlies you want. I wanted Hull because they have recruited very heavily and they are very strong and I wanted Featherstone at home because I knew we would have a bit of passion in the game and we got that.

“Defensively we were outstanding. They scored one try from a wrong decision on the right hand side and their other try was a kick in behind on the try-line.

“It was easy to see how much ball we dropped. Our completion rate in the first half was below 50 per cent.

“The amount of times we dropped the ball was unbelievable. I think 10 times in the first half we didn’t get past tackle two.

“Some of that was down to the conditions, but it was also us wanting to do a little bit too much with the ball.

“But I’ve got to say I’d have liked to have seen us on a dry track in the second half. We got into a real rhythm in our attack.

“If we could have had a better completion rate we would have made our job a bit easier.”

Castleford groundsman John Lupton and his team came in for praise for their efforts in getting Sunday’s game on despite the snow and icy weather.

Millward said: “I can’t thank John Lupton enough for getting the ground fit for play. He did an outstanding job getting the game on.

“We didn’t have any more trials programmed in so we really wanted to play.”