Jamie Ellis

Following their narrow 12-10 win over the champions, Leeds Rhinos, Castleford coach Ian Millward believes that his side is more determined to win and are more resilient this year, than they were in 2012.

On the back of two penalties from Jamie Ellis to seal the victory, it was the Tigers first win over their West Yorkshire rivals in three years.

“I am really happy for the players. They have worked really hard and the new guys that have come in have been really good. I thought it was a real shot in the arm for the effort the players have put in,” said Millward.

“I thought we were very impressive in the wet conditions in the first 30 minutes.

“I thought our halves Rangi Chase and Jamie Ellis were very good in the first half and I thought Jordan Tansey was excellent.

“I felt it could have been a lot closer last week in our defeat at Warrington, but I was really impressed that we had a bit of backbone about us that we didn’t have last year.”

With the penalty that led to the victory coming after Leeds were penalised for not standing square, Millward was pleased with the decision the ref made.

“It was a penalty. The referee could have bottled it but he didn’t so I’ve got to give him a rap there,” added Millward.

“It was tough conditions for the referee today and I’m really glad he stood up to his task at the end.”

By ricky

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