Half-backs working well – Matterson

Castleford Tigers head coach Terry Matterson
Castleford Tigers head coach Terry Matterson

CASTLEFORD coach Terry Matterson (pictured) praised half-backs Rangi Chase and Danny Orr after the Tigers enjoyed a points spree against strugglers Crusaders.

The Tigers bounced back from their first defeat at Bradford by running in 10 tries in a 56-16 win that lifted them to second place in Super League.

Matterson said: “Rangi and Danny are working really well together. It was good I was able to take Danny off in the second-half because he probably wasn’t 100 per cent fit today although you wouldn’t think it.

“Those two players are integral to everything we are doing. The other guys are laying the platform for them.

“Our wingers Kirk Dixon and Nick Youngquest were also outstanding. It was good to see Youngquest playing well against his old club Crusaders.”

Eighteen-year-old hooker Daryl Clark continued his outstanding form this season by grabbing two tries as the Tigers stormed to their fifth win in six matches.

“Daryl is going great. He is doing everything that is asked of him and more. He’s not trying to bite off too much,” said Matterson who was pleased with his side’s attacking flair, adding: “We played against a side who are struggling for numbers and are battling in every sense but we did the job and I’m really pleased about that.

“It was good to see the boys throwing the ball around and enjoying themselves in the second-half. I am sure the crowd enjoyed it as well.”

Bottom team Crusaders slumped to their sixth straight defeat after having three players sin-binned in the first-half and having a 15-3 penalty count against them. The Welsh team have not won since they beat Salford on the opening weekend.