Castleford: Emergency half-back Millington talks up Tigers’ work ethic

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CASTLEFORD TIGERS’ play-making forward Grant Millington has credited a Magic performance to hard work in training.

Tigers bounced back to form with a 56-16 demolition of Wakefield Trinity Wildcats in the final game of the Magic Weekend, two days ago – and Millington admitted it was good to be back in the winner’s circle.

“We’ve had a tough couple of weeks,” said the Aussie. “We had a tough week in training, we were pretty physical right until almost the day before the game.

“We concentrated on defence a lot and it was really satisfying to defend well and put some points on the board as well.”

Tigers raced 16-0 ahead after just 10 minutes, but were pegged back for the rest of the half and led only 22-16 at the interval.

“They are a good side,” Millington said of Wakefield, who won at the Jungle in the sides’ opening game of the First Utility Super League season.

“They’ve got a couple of blokes in there who can spark a bit and get a bit out of attacking plays. We saw that in round one, they came back and busted us in the last 20 minutes at home.

“We were well aware they could do that. We came out in the second half and were a little bit scrappy, but then we took hold of the game again and rolled forward and I think it was a much more composed effort from us. That’s something we’ve got to keep doing running into the back end of the season.”

It was Tigers’ first win in four matches and Millington said confidence has been lifted ahead of Friday’s trip to Hull KR.

He added: “It was one of those days when pretty much everything we spoke about, we did. There were a few tries they got at the start of the match, after we’d scored a few, which was a bit disappointing, but all in all our defence was good and our attack flowed on from that.

“We scored a lot of points in the second half and that’s credit to how we controlled the game. In previous weeks we’d stick to the game plan for 15 minutes, then go away from it and fall to pieces and sides would score points on us. We stuck to the game plan through the whole second half and it worked for us. Hopefully we’ll learn a lesson from it and do that for that for the rest of the season.

“It is good for us coming into a few big games, with Hull KR and Leeds away. They are big matches, we are looking forward to them and hopefully we can continue (last Sunday’s) form.”

Tigers had to shuffle their side when Scott Moore, returning from a foot injury, was knocked out two minutes into Sunday’s game, following a collision with Wildcats’ Scott Anderson. Then Moore’s replacement, Adam Milner, suffered a broken nose, so Liam Finn shifted to hooker and Millington, who started at prop, took over as an emergency half-back. He said: “I got thrown in at No 6 there for a little bit. It was a bit interesting. I’ve been copping a bit of stick from some of the boys, but it’s one of those things, we’re in a side where everyone knows all the plays and structures. It’s not that hard, I just give the ball to whoever needs it, whenever they want it.”

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