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Widders inspires Castleford to 3rd win

07/03/2011 02:53:12 PM Comments (0)

Castleford coach Terry Matterson rated fellow Australian Dean Widders one of the best Super League second-rowers after powering the Tigers to table-topping win on Sunday.

The 31-year-old Widders, who made 112 appearances for the Parramatta Eels in the NRL, was inspirational as the Tigers came from behind to see off Hull KR, coached by another Aussie Justin Morgan, 27-14.

Ex-Penrith Panthers wing Nick Youngquest grabbed the headlines scoring alongside Oliver Holmes, Daryl Clark and Kirk Dixon.

But it was Widders' efforts that were the catalyst to their tries.

Hull KR led 14-12 at one stage with scores from Clint Newton, former Wests Tigers lock Ben Galea and Craig Hall doing the early damage.

However, Castleford and Widders, who was sent on as a replacement, roared back.

After three straight wins, Castleford are now the only unbeaten team in the Super League and Matterson admitted that without Widders they simply wouldn't have got off to such an impressive start.

"I thought Dean Widders was outstanding and our back three are playing as well as any back three in the competition. They are doing a lot of hard work for us," said Matterson.

"I thought it was a game of two halves. We were lucky to be only 14-12 down and I didn't think we were great in the first half and I thought Hull KR ran harder and tackled harder.

"But at half-time I was fairly confident we could turn it around once we dealt with a few issues. We came out for the second half with a different attitude.

"And I think that showed because Hull KR didn't score a single point after the break. It was a really good team effort to go out there and turn it around."

Meanwhile, Warrington coach Tony Smith has called on his Wolves to keep their winning momentum going after following up victory against St Helens last weekend with a win against Leeds.

Disgraced former Australian international Joel Monaghan bagged one of seven tries as Warrington underlined their Super League credentials with a 40-24 victory over the Rhinos.

And Smith said: "I'm very pleased. It was a good performance and we were up against a very good team for the second week running.

"Sometimes you can be a bit flat after playing St Helens but I thought we looked sharp and fresh. I am delighted with their efforts in putting that many points on a team like Leeds."

Former St George coach Nathan Brown saw Huddersfield ruin Harlequins perfect start to the season 18-10 - then demanded more from his side.

Ex-North Queensland Cowboys second row Luke O'Donnell was among the try scorers in their third win from four but Brown isn't an easy man to please.

"It's a good win and we've started well but we need to improve a lot if we want to stay near the top of the table," he said.

"Our discipline was also poor when I thought we would go on and get into the 20s but we had too much defending to do."

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