CASTLEFORD Tigers boss Ian Millward is backing his players to improve further after their better showing against Wakefield Wildcats at Magic Weekend.
Although unhappy with the 32-26 defeat against their local rivals, the head coach saw enough encouraging signs to believe that the Tigers had turned a corner following the drubbing they were handed by Hull KR.
Millward (pictured) told the Express: “It was a massive improvement from the previous week.
“The previous week was the first serious blip we’ve had this year, but it was a lot better performance against Wakefield and we were not far away.
“It was a disappointing result, but I was happy with the effort and there wasn’t much in it. There was a fine line between winning and losing for both teams.
“Some parts of our game were very good, but other parts lacked a bit of consistency and if we can get on top of that there’s wins round the corner.
“There was some good attacking play and we can be better in that department.
“It’s been a while since we’ve had Danny Orr and Rangi Chase in play together and the experience will be good for them and for Richie Owen.
“Not many people knew that Richie went into the game very much in doubt. We played him and he’ll get better for it too. It was an outstanding tackle he made to prevent a try for Ben Cockayne.
“I thought there was some really good stuff with Rangi in his first game for six weeks.
“He was instrumental in some of our tries and that was important to us, but there were other areas he would have liked to be better in. For his first game back there were a lot of positives.
“I thought Paul Jackson was outstanding first game back. He was really good and came through the game fine, injury-wise.
“Our forwards were good, they put in a really good shift.
“It was a tough start for Rhys Williams after his move from Warrington in the week, but he’ll get better for it.”
Millward said that despite the result he had enjoyed the Magic Weekend experience and was looking forward to next year’s event.
Cas are back on live television again in their next game at Bradford Bulls, as part of the new Sky Sports Monday night rugby league experiment and Millward is tipping a good game for the cameras to capture.
He said: “It should be good against Bradford. They’re playing well and it’s a good test for us, but we’re going into the game with some confidence after our better performance at the weekend.
“If you take Danny McGuire out of the Leeds team it would have probably been a different game last weekend when they ran the Rhinos closer than the final score.
“We were close against Bradford at our ground earlier in the season. There wasn’t much in it and we can put up that same effort and better execution we can win.”
Castleford will be without injured trio Daryl Clark, Steve Snitch and Joe Arundel for their trip to Odsal, but have utility player Ryan McGoldrick back after he has served his two-match suspension.
Millward explained: “We’re pretty confident we didn’t get any new injuries out of the game so we should be get close to everyone who played on the weekend being available for selection.
“We have Ryan McGoldrick back after suspension and we have to work out what to do with him.
“Steve Snitch and Daryl Clark are still out. We’ve had the scan results on Daryl and he doesn’t need an operation, but he’ll be out for around 10 to 12 weeks so he will be out until close to the end of the season.”
Millward declined to comment on news of Joe Arundel’s move to Hull FC for next season, but said: “I wish Joe all the best for the future.”
A small number of places are still available for this June’s half term camp taking place at the Probiz Coliseum on Thursday, June 7 (Camp Youngquest) and Friday, June 8 (Camp Owen).
Girls and boys aged six to 12 are welcome to attend a fun packed day, learning new skills, making new friends and meeting star first team players from 10am until 3pm.
For more details, call Alex on 01977 552674.