After Castleford Tigers lost to Featherstone Rovers yesterday, stand in coach Andy Last reflected on the performance noting that he was pleased with what he saw from the young Tigers team.
He said on Tigers TV: “Really happy, we set out some clear objectives before the game, defending with intent and trying to control the ruck.
“We wanted to play the field position and the conditions well. The first half we struggled a bit, in the second half we got really into the contest.”
He also admitted that neither side played the rugby they wanted yesterday as he revealed the type of rugby Castleford want to play in 2023 that fans weren’t able to see in the final game of 2022:
“It was an energy battle out there. The free flowing rugby from Sean Long and Leon Pryce that they like to play probably wasn’t there and the type of rugby we want to play, faster and free flowing, wasn’t there.
“It was a game where we had to roll our sleeves up and play the conditions and I thought we did that well.
“In Super League and every game you learn things and those young lads will have learnt how to battle back into a game on the back of grind and a good kicking game.”