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Radford: “We were second-best”

13 Feb 22, 8:24AM 0 Comments

Written by John Davidson

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Castleford coach Lee Radford says his team was “second-best” in a lot of areas against Salford, but insists they will improve quickly.

The Tigers were beaten on home soil 26-16 in front of a sell-out crowd.

“We were second-best in a lot of departments,” Radford conceded.

“Unfortunately for us, the 7 for them was outstanding tonight – his composure and his kicking game were
really difficult to handle.

“Our energy was disappointing – our kick chase, line speed, kick pressure, our line speed, there were some
more opportunities to get some more heat on him.

“It looked like a team who had a couple of friendlies and another that had four and looked more comfortable then we did.”

“We were scratchy on their try-line and on our last tackles.

“We’ll certainly get better in those areas.”

Both Castleford and Salford scored three tries, but the goal-kicking of Marc Sneyd proved the difference.

Tigers winger Bureta Faraimo was yellow carded for a bad tackle, but Radford declined to comment on it.

“I’ll have to have a look at the sin-binning, obviously it was a fair old contact from B,” he said.

Castleford face Warrington next in Super League.

“There is so much improvement in us and that’s what we’ll be striving for next week,” Radford said.

“It shows where we’re at and what we need to be better at.”

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