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Millward looking to future
Defeat a reflection on our season says Tigers boss
Castleford coach Ian Millward drew on the positives despite his team suffering a sixth straight defeat, which may land them with the Super League wooden spoon.
Ryan Hudson, Nick Youngquest and Stuart Jones all scored on their farewell home appearances but it was not enough to prevent the Tigers going down 46-26 to Catalan Dragons.
"It was probably a reflection on our season today," said. Millward "We created opportunities but came up with some errors.
"We lost two players very early in the game when Jamie Ellis dislocated his shoulder and Steve Nash got a quite horrendous head injury.
"I've got to take my hat off to the players for the way they tried very hard in the second half.
"We were trying some things in attack which I was looking to the future with and we got 20-something points out of it so there are some positives there.
"They scored two tries from intercepts and a couple from kicks and they all add up. I thought (Scott) Dureau kicked oustandingly well today."
Millward also singled out reigning Man of Steel Rangi Chase, who showed some nice touches on only his second appearance in almost three months.
"We played him at full-back and he did a good job there," Millward added. "It might be a position for him. He was quite clinical with the ball and he created some doubt."
Full-back Clint Greenshields and winger Damien Blanch both scored hat-tricks as the Dragons secured their first away win for two months to reclaim fourth place in the table with one match left.
Coach Trent Robinson was delighted with the debut of front row Maria Antoni, who got his chance after David Ferriol pulled out through illness, but is looking for his team to improve ahead of the play-offs.
"It was a great debut from Maria," he said. "There were some good stuff but we lacked consistency in the game. That was the negative part, we fluctuated in our control of the game.
"Everyone talks about building momentum going into the play-offs and it does make a difference.
"We have come through a bit of rough patch and we need to have a really good performance against Bradford next week."
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|Thursday 12th March|
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|Hull K R 22 - 20 Wigan Warriors|
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|Catalans Dragons 38 - 18 Warrington Wolves|
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