Spirit is great, says Castleford coach Orr

Rangi Chase gets the ball down for a try during Castleford Tigers' Tetley's Challenge Cup tie against Leeds Rhinos. Picture: IAN HARBER

Rangi Chase gets the ball down for a try during Castleford Tigers' Tetley's Challenge Cup tie against Leeds Rhinos. Picture: IAN HARBER

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It may have been a difficult season so far on and off the pitch for Castleford Tigers, but spirits remain high within the club, according to

Castleford Tigers’ temporary head coach Danny Orr.

Orr is pleased with the effort and commitment shown by the players both before Ian Millward’s departure as head coach and since he took over two weeks ago.

He said: “There’s always been great spirit in the camp, that’s never dropped and they are a great bunch of lads who work hard for one another.

“Some weeks we’ve been good and some we’ve not been so good and we haven’t found the consistency we’ve been looking for, but the spirit’s never been an issue.

“The lads know what we’re trying to do and what they can achieve. If we can get that on a regular basis we’ll do quite well.”

Orr thought all the 17 players who took part in a brave defeat to Leeds Rhinos in the Tetley’s Challenge Cup were deserving of praise, but he picked out several who he believed were on top form.

He added: “We’re looking as a team to build on last week and as a team we were good for the about the first hour. But there were some good stand-out performances.

“I thought Jordy Thompson had a pretty good game and Oliver Holmes was outstanding in the middle of the field, as he has been all year. I could name them all as they were all really good.

“Jordan Tansey probably had his best game for us. Again he has done some really good things this year, but as an overall performance that was probably his best one.

“Defensively he looked really strong, making some big tackles and he looked good coming into the line. He was safe under all the kicks and returned the ball well.

“Hopefully he can take a lot of confidence out it and we will see those performances week in, week out.

“Jamie Ellis also had a good game so hopefully we can see more of him in the next few games. He’s a good lad, he’s got a lot of skills and ability and we need to keep seeing it. He’s got all the potential.”