Most Leeds, and for that matter Castleford, supporters went to Headingley on friday night expecting a big win for the home side. With the leakiest defence on the Superleague XI, coming up against the second best attack, it looked like we might be in for a cricket score.|
Castleford had no hope of a win, and with the bookies giving the Rhinos a thirty-eight point handicap, Terry Matterson was really up against it in motivating his side. Did he choose to send his side out to give it their best shot, to keep the ball alive and to live up to the phrase 'Classy Cas'? Did he 'eckers like'!
As the Tigers took to the Headingley turf at eight o'clock on friday night the words of the coach must have been ringing in the players ears;
Slow the game
Lay on at the tackle
Argue with the referee whenever you can
Waste time at all kick-offs
Hit them round the head to get them riled
The ultimate tactic was simply to waste as much time as possible, and distract the referee from keeping the game flowing. The less time that the ball was in play, the lower the losing margin would be.
Well thanks Mr Matterson. What you did was turn the game into a farce, and wasted the entrance money of the gathered fourteen thousand. What we witnessed was the very worst of our game, as your side came to spoil and fight. High tackles from McGoldrick and Nutley could easily have caused serious injuries, and the penalty count in the game must have set new records.
The Castleford supporters must be 'delighted' at what Matterson has done to their club. As Wigan have turned the corner under Noble, and the Tigers have been made hot favourites for the drop, then they are being served a feast of negativity and thuggery. If I had to watch that garbage every week I think I'd be taking up fishing! The end of the season, and their relegation from the top flight, cannot come too soon.
So it is no longer 'Classy Cas', now it is 'Castleford Headhunters'!