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Millward happy after friendly win

New Castleford Tigers coach Ian Millward was in upbeat mood after watching his side make it two wins out of two in their preparations for Super League XVII.
Millward happy after friendly win
by NRL

New Castleford Tigers coach Ian Millward was in upbeat mood after watching his side make it two wins out of two in their preparations for Super League XVII.

The Tigers ran in six tries to four against Huddersfield Giants to gain a 32-22 victory and follow up their Boxing Day friendly win over Bradford Bulls.

"I thought it was a good hit-out for both teams," said Millward. "The main thing for us is that we've no injuries.

"All the tries we conceded were from kicks apart from the last one so that was really pleasing. We held our line pretty well.

"They are still coming to grips with the way I want us to play but you have to be pleased with some of the things we did.

"I still think we'll be rusty come the first couple of games but I really like the way the guys are going about their business. Everything is really positive."

Huddersfield fought back from 10-0 down to twice take the lead but the Tigers finished strongly with three tries in the last 20 minutes from newcomer Lee Mitchell, Rangi Chase and Daryl Clark.

Winger Jermaine McGillvary scored two tries for the Giants, who had four of their close-season signings on view in their first pre-season trial game.

"There was some good and some bad," said Giants coach Nathan Brown. "We made a lot of changes to the way we play and at times when we got it right we looked threatening.

"The disappointment was the defence which we will need to do a lot of work on.

"They've got some blokes that can cause us some problems."




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