CASTLEFORD Tigers coach Terry Matterson (pictured) described Friday’s 48-6 defeat against Leeds Rhinos at Probiz Coliseum as a “game too far” for his side.
The Tigers have now gone four Super League matches without a win after revitalised Leeds cut loose in the second-half to achieve their third victory in nine days.
Matterson said: “It’s been a tough last seven days for us and we just got a game too far. We were wonderful at St Helens the previous Monday.
“I thought there were some really good patches at the start and a couple of tries got taken away from us that I thought were genuine tries and there’s probably a couple of dubious tries for them.
“Rangi Chase was great. He’s been really good all year and I thought he showed another side again. The two pieces of play when he set up those two tries that were disallowed that’s what fans pay to come to see. They were absolutely wonderful pieces of rugby league. I was going wow and I’m sure the crowd were and to have those chalked off is absolutely ridiculous and then we come down the other end and there’s a blatant forward pass. It dumfounds you.”
“At the end, emotionally it got a bit tough and then physically it got tough and there’s a whole lot of reasons. I was disappointed with the last 10 minutes. We had lost three games before today - two by four points and one by two points - and we’ve fought to the death in every game but today we just let it go at the back end.
“I can’t be too critical of them. we need to dust ourselves off and have a look at what we’ve done because we’ve done some really stuff upto this point.
“It’s just not bouncing our way at the moment. We’ve got some really key personnel out and there’s probably none coming back any time soon. If you look at Leeds, they have people coming back and they are avble to rest players which we are not able to do.
“We need to take our medicine. When things are going good we’ve been copping the raps. We weren’t good enough today and good on Leeds who can do that to you and they’ve done that to many teams in the past. Once they get on your throat, they go for the jugular and they certainly did that today.”