Huddersfield Giants 36 Castleford Tigers 24: Ian Watson and Lee Radford react Yorkshire News

An exciting match at John Smith Stadium featured four no-binnings, with two players from each team receiving yellow cards.

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Both coaches admitted those decisions had a big influence on the game, which was decided by a Ricky Leutele hat-trick after the Tigers rallied from 18-0 down to lead 24-18.

Tigers coach Lee Radford before Saturday’s game. Image of Bruce Rollinson.

Radford was encouraged by his side’s second-half comeback but admitted the poor start caused his downfall.

He said: “We went from a huge disappointment at half-time to thinking we had a chance, but ultimately after those first 40 minutes we shouldn’t have had a chance.

“We didn’t do what we wanted to do well, particularly in our contact areas, but they don’t give up, they keep hitting.”

Giants coach Ian Watson was delighted with his team’s effort in the first half and how they responded to the deficit.

The Giants celebrate Ricky Leutele’s third down as Paul McShane reflects on another Tigers loss. Image of Bruce Rollinson.

He said: “In the first half I thought we were as good as we were against Salford last week.

“In the second half we came out and we were a different team.

“Cas took it up and brought it to us, we left things and put ourselves under pressure.

Watson felt that the penalties for sin were “harsh.

Giants coach Ian Watson. Image of Bruce Rollinson.

He added: “You need to win the game the right way.

“We want the players to decide the game; you don’t want the game to be 12 against 11.

“Right now we are receiving many sins.

“We’re talking about the wrong things, we need to talk about the quality that’s on display, someone like Ricky Leutele showing up and doing what he did at the end of the game to win it.”

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This notice was published: 2022-03-12 19:31:19

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