Tigers boss happy with ‘dominant’ show

editorial image

COACH Terry Matterson (pictured) was delighted with Castleford’s “dominant” performance in heavy conditions in Saturday’s 18-12 home win over Huddersfield Giants.

The Tigers made it two wins from two games and inflicted Huddersfield’s first defeat this season by comprehensively outplaying the Giants, who were 18-6 down before they scored their second try in stoppage time after the final hooter had sounded.

Said Matterson: “It was a pretty complete performance. I thought our halves were outstanding and I think we missed only three tackles all game.

“It was a pretty dominant performance, although the scoreline probably doesn’t reflect that with Huddersfield’s try at the end.

“It was a pretty satisfying performance. I’m pleased with where we’re at but we need to be aware that it’s only round two.”

After watching referee James Child award 37 penalties in his side’s 40-20 win over Wakefield in Cardiff the previous week, Matterson was pleased that Steve Ganson only awarded 11 penalties in Saturday’s game against Huddersfield. The Tigers won the penalty count 9-2.

Matterson said: “It’s a different referee. It’s the way people want to watch rugby league.”

Huddersfield coach Nathan Brown praised the Tigers, saying: “Full credit to Cas, they were too good for us on the night. It was a good lesson for us. They were more hungry than we were and we gave away more penalties.”