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Millward still wants more
Betts laments Widnes' late collapse as they suffer sixth straight loss
I thought at times our attack in the first half lacked a bit of patience and it wasn't fluent.
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Castleford coach Ian Millward was left to reflect on a "sort of a weird game" after seeing his side record a 36-12 victory over Widnes.
The Tigers only led 10-8 at the interval at the PROBIZ Coliseum but ran riot in the final quarter, Nick Youngquest helping himself to a second-half hat-trick.
There was also a brace of tries for Daryl Clark as the hosts put an end to a three-game losing streak that included a shock Carnegie Challenge Cup exit at the hands of neighbours Featherstone.
But while Millward was happy to get the two points, he still insisted there was room for improvement, particularly in their kicking game.
"It was sort of a weird game," he said. "Richie Owen got held up four times and we probably got held up a lot of times in the first half.
"Defensively we were very strong today in regard to we didn't look like conceding tries.
"The try they scored was from a kick and then they scored one with a couple of seconds to go.
"Our kicking game was really poor which didn't give us a chance to get some field positions and build a bit of pressure and get some continuity.
"I thought at times our attack in the first half lacked a bit of patience and it wasn't fluent.
"But that's what happens when you've had a couple of losses in a row - you lack a little bit of confidence."
Captain Danny Orr was substituted in the second half after being clattered in the back by Widnes prop Ben Cross, who was attempting to latch on to Rhys Hanbury's kick.
With stand-off Rangi Chase still suspended, Millward is desperate to get the veteran scrum-half back onto the field, though Castleford are not in action next week.
"With Rangi out, it's pretty important we get him back on the field," the Australian added.
"If we'd have played next week, I'd say he'd be out but give us the following week, I think it might give us the possibility."
Widnes coach Denis Betts paid tribute to Castleford but admitted the Vikings' collapse in the final 20 minutes of the match was particularly disappointing.
"I think that paints a picture of our year so far," he said.
"Little patches of competing and working hard for each other and then just a little fracturing and breaking too easily.
"They were just willing to stick in the tough stuff a little bit longer.
"Even at about 60 minutes, if we could have got on the scoreboard earlier it might have changed our mindset a little bit.
"We didn't show any real shape or do the simple things of the game enough, which is run hard, play the ball quickly and see what happens on the back of it.
"Everything was just a little bit too laboured."
Widnes' woeful afternoon was compounded when forward Simon Finnigan was stretchered off the field early on.
"I thought he might have broken his leg at first but the doctor seems okay with that so he's going to have an X-ray tomorrow and we'll wait and see what happens," Betts added.
"It doesn't look great but we'll have to wait and see."
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