Tigers make best-ever start in Super League

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COACH Terry Matterson was delighted with Castleford’s impressive second-half display as the Tigers climbed to the top of Super League with Sunday’s 27-14 home win over Hull Kingston Rovers.

Trailing 14-12 at half-time, the Tigers totally dominated the second-half after 17-year-old Daryl Clark’s 42nd minute try put them ahead.

They sealed victory when winger Kirk Dixon bagged a 70th minute try and kicked his fifth goal and Rangi Chase landed a last minute drop goal.

Oliver Holmes and Nick Youngquest scored first-half tries for the Tigers who have made their best-ever start to a Super League campaign with three successive wins.

Matterson (pictured) said: “I thought it was a game of two halves. We were lucky to be only 14-12 down at half-time. I didn’t think we were great in the first half and I thought Hull KR ran harder and tackled harder in the first period.

“At half-time I was fairly confident we could turn it round once we dealt with a few issues. We came out for the second half with a different attitude and I think that showed because Hull KR didn’t score a point after the break. It was a really good team effort.

“I thought Dean Widders was outstanding and our back three are playing as well as any back three in the competition. They are doing a lot of hard work for us.

“I was also really pleased with Kirk Dixon because he works really hard on his goalkicking and he’s been striking them pretty well.”