CASTLEFORD Tigers coach Terry Matterson was happy with his side’s effort even though they lost the only 100 per cent record in Super League with an 18-14 defeat at Bradford Bulls on Sunday.
The Tigers made a great start with Rangi Chase’s early try but they never created enough further opportunities to suggest they could prolong their best-ever start to a Super League season.
The loss of skipper Danny Orr with a shoulder injury midway through the second half was a significant blow.
Matterson (pictured) said: “I’m not too disappointed. I thought the effort was really good. There was a lot of good stuff out there today.
“I thought we were very courageous but not quite as smart as we have been.
“I knew Bradford would bounce back and we were prepared for that. We had a fair few opportunities.
“I thought our scrambled defence was great but we gave them too much ball in the first half and in the second half losing Danny Orr disrupted us.”
There was another impressive performance from Castleford’s 18-yerar-old hooker Daryl Clark, who scored their only second-half try with an 80-metre solo effort.
“The plan was not to play him that long but he’s doing everything we expected and more,” said Matterson. “He’s going to be a very good player for a long time. I’m very pleased with how he’s going.”