Jermaine McGillvary

He might be pleased that they won the game, but Huddersfield Giants coach Paul Anderson is far from happy about the nature in which they won, lamenting his side for their late lapses allowing the Castleford Tigers to get some late tries on the board.

Winning the game 40-24, it was a late fightback in the final three minutes by Castleford (resulting in 3 tries in that time), that gave the score some respectability – an aspect that Anderson was not too pleased about.

“The closing stages definitely took off some of the gloss, although I thought we were the better team throughout,” said Anderson.”

“Castleford asked us questions and for 10 to 15 minute spell at the end, we basically put the cue on the rack and gave in and just doing enough was sufficient.

“I’d told our players that Castleford have got a history recently of scoring a flurry of points and we allowed them to do it again. We’ve got to be better than that but we’ve won.

“You can’t forget that the players have just come off the Easter programme. If you look at our game today and I’m sure there will be a few more tomorrow when there’s going to be some points scored, because there’s going to be some tired people out there.

“It’s not an excuse, it’s the truth. We could have been better but we got two points and I’m happy because it keeps us where we want to be.

“We lost the energy battle towards the end but we racked up some points and we should probably have scored more.”

For Castleford, coach Ian Millward was critical of the overall composure of his side and that the key is consistency, something they have not reached quite yet.

“We probably made more clean breaks than we have in a lot of games but the composure was lacking and that’s what happens when you are on a losing run,” said Millward.

“The players tried hard in the second half but it’s not about trying hard. We want to turn that into being a more consistent team.”

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