Minikin earns praise from Castleford coach

Greg Minikin.
Greg Minikin.

Although the players had a go after the break assistant coach Danny Orr admitted that Castleford Tigers’ disappointing first half display left them with too much to do.

Orr drew some positives from the Tigers’ performance, but said Wigan had been too good for them on this day.

He said: “To go to Wigan, especially in a quarter-final, and to be 22-0 down at half-time is pretty much game over.

“We weren’t good enough. They were very good, they went 100 per cent completion in the first half, didn’t make any errors and gave us nothing to play off.

“The times when we did get good field positions they defended really well, scrambled really well and Sam Tomkins pulled off two try-saving tackles.

“We could have got three or four tries ourselves in that half so while we were 22-0 down we still believed. We needed to be a little bit better and a bit tidier in certain areas, but we still felt we had an outside chance to do it.

“We got a bit of momentum in the second half, got to 22-6 then a couple of decisions not only went against us they broke our momentum.

“Obviously Wigan got that try and that kind of stopped us. We got back in it again a bit and I thought we showed a decent performance second half, but it was probably too little too late really.”

Orr praised the efforts of Greg Minikin, who was drafted in late with Jake Webster pulling out in the warm-up.

He said: “He’s a good player, got a load of potential and he’s still growing physically.

“He’s still very young and he’s not played at this level all that often so games like that at Wigan and playing against some quality players will do him the world of good.

“I thought he stood up really well and he was probably our best player.

“He’s definitely one for the future and I think he’s got a good career ahead of him.”

Asked whether Minikin would keep his place in the team for tomorrow night’s game at Salford, Orr added: “We will have to assess Jake Webster. He’s had a scan and we’ll see how that goes.

“I’ve not heard the results of his scan yet. But if he’s not right, Greg’s probably in there and deservedly so.”

Orr said that Oliver Holmes had come through his comeback game at Wigan with no problems while fellow back rower Frankie Mariano was in contention for a return to the side after proving his fitness playing for Batley.