Jon Wilkin

Player morale and confidence goes a long way to ensuring that you win games and can be competitive in them, but Castleford Tigers coach Ian Millward was left downbeat, admitting that his side are starting to question each other on the field – compounded by a 48-18 loss against St Helens.

Conceding nine tries at Langtree Park and slumping to their sixth defeat in a row, says that whilst morale is still relatively high, there are doubts creeping into the club.

“I think some players are a little bit disappointed with other players’ inability to stay consistent,” he said.

“I think some players are disappointed that they can show some facets that are quite appealing, but then others that aren’t up to scratch at times.

“If we get a bit of ball, we can score some points but you have also got to defend when you don’t have the ball. The scary thing is that during the week, it doesn’t seem like a team that is on a losing run.

“Some of the spirit – everyone is getting on and working together – is really good. It is not like I could say they are completely downcast and down and out – far from it. If you walked in there now, you wouldn’t totally think we’ve been on the end of a loss.

“But putting all the facets of rugby league together on a consistent basis is our deficiency at the moment.”

For St Helens, who were once again forced to play veteran halves Jon Wilkin and Paul Wellens, they got the job done with coach Nathan Brown pleased with the efforts of his players.

“The older blokes – Wilko and Wello – set a good standard for commitment and effort. You want to start well. Starting well on Easter Monday is always good. Us controlling possession made it really tough for them,” said Brown.

“They have had an unhappy time of late, a couple of unfortunate losses, so to start well and put that bit of doubt in their mind was always going to be beneficial.”

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