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Castleford Tigers Head Coach unhappy after draw with London Broncos

To the surprise of many, Castleford Tigers were held to a draw at home by the newly promoted London Broncos on Sunday afternoon.

It came after an impressive win for the Tigers against Keighley Cougars but there is still work to be done in the eyes of Head Coach Craig Lingard who was disappointed with his side’s performance in the draw against the Broncos.

Speaking on the club’s official social media, former Batley boss Lingard said: “Yeah, disappointing to be fair. It doesn’t really matter a great deal score-wise in the penalty, but we’re looking at areas that we want to get better on, areas we want to improve. I thought we took too many shortcuts today in terms of control and ball.

“Particularly that second half, I think the completion rate was way down below 50%, which is something we’ve talked about previously, about completing a set and then we compound an incomplete set with a penalty. So it’s about getting into that process.

“I don’t think we were prepared today to get into that set-for-set process in order to earn that reward. We tried to force it too much, trying to take a little bit of a cheat to get that reward.”

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Keighley Cougars vs Castleford Tigers

Alex Mellor of Castleford is tackled by Keighley defence*** during the Friendly match between Keighley Cougars and Castleford at Cougar Park, Keighley, UK on 14 January 2024. Copyright: xSimonxHallx 39490009

Lingard was pleased with the two tries for Innes Senior as he continues to impress.

This led Lingard to speak about his plans for the side: “Yeah we want our wingers to score tries, we want our centre to score tries, we like to promote the ball if we possibly can so we’re looking at the local linking in at the back from the fullback, we like our wingers to score tries.

“For today, certainly that second half, we’re made to tighten up a little bit and play a little bit more through the forwards to get over that hard line and generate some quicker ruck speed rather than looking for the shortcuts to try and go out wide. We still won’t have something against a score but we’ve got to win the right to better deal with that.”

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