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McDermott hails in-form Hall
Donlan dedicates home side's display to the late Robbie Millward
I thought it was fast game, with some end-to-end stuff and some great defence from both teams.
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Leeds coach Brian McDermott hailed "world-class winger" Ryan Hall after his hat-trick of tries helped see off Castleford at the PROBIZ Coliseum.
The England international touched down twice in the first half to help the visitors open up an 18-0 lead over their hosts, Kallum Watkins getting the other try before the break.
The Tigers did claw their way back into the contest either side of half time with three tries of their own, cutting the gap to four points at one stage.
Hall, however, put paid to the home side's hopes when he completed his treble, taking his tally to seven in his last three outings. Danny McGuire and Liam Hood also touched down late on to give the final score a lop-sided look.
"He's not just getting on the end of things, he's been getting some difficult ball and still getting it down," said McDermott of his in-form winger.
"He's quite an athlete, I don't have any qualms about saying he's a world-class winger."
McDermott admitted he was worried when the home side fought their way back to 18-14 thanks to tries from Josh Griffin, Daryl Clark and Kirk Dixon, who managed just one conversion from his three attempts.
"We created a fair few chances but didn't nail them and I tend to think that was more down to Castleford's defence," he said.
"That's the history of Leeds travelling to Wheldon Road, they were always going to be up tonight.
"I thought it was fast game, with some end-to-end stuff and some great defence from both teams."
Young hooker Hood scored the final try of the night just four minutes after being thrown on from the bench for his Super League debut.
"I'm pleased for him," added McDermott. "We were a little bit over-cautious about putting him on because the game was in the balance so he had very little game time."
Castleford's caretaker coach Stuart Donlan, still standing in for the absent Ian Millward, praised his players for having a "real dig" against the defending champions.
The Tigers backroom staff had attended the funeral of 19-year-old Robbie Millward earlier in the day and Donlan dedicated the much-improved performance to the head coach's late son.
"I felt we had a real dig tonight," he said. "The lads can be proud of their efforts.
"A few key decisions in the second half and couple of errors probably put us on the back foot and took a lot of energy out of us.
"I am sure Ian if he was watching will have been proud of them. At 18-14 we had a real good chance of coming away with a result.
"I thought for 60 minutes we did the job really well, we need to concentrate on doing it for the full 80.
"Although we didn't get the win, we're dedicating that performance and commitment to Robbie."
On Millward's future, he added: "Ian's not ready to come back yet. He needs to spend a bit of time with his family and get stronger but he's determined to come back."
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