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'Embarrassing' - Castleford Tigers head coach fumes after heavy Huddersfield Giants loss

Castleford Tigers head coach Craig Lingard described his side’s performance against the Huddersfield Giants as “embarrassing” and questioned the desire of some of his players.

Huddersfield turned a dominant display into a landslide win with five tries in the final 20 minutes to seal an emphatic 50-8 victory.

The result leaves Castleford winless in the Super League, with the club losing their first four games of the season.

Looking back at the performance, Lingard said: “It hurts massively and I think the main thing is that it’s got to hurt the players – some of them maybe it does, some maybe not so much.

“That’s not a performance I want to be associated with or the club wants to be associated with. It doesn’t represent us as a club or as a playing group.

“We’ve got to base ourselves this season on being a team that’s effort-based, that’s going to out-work other teams, and Huddersfield completely blew us off the park with all that effort-based stuff.

“They got a rocket at half-time and came out for the second half and played for 20 minutes like they should have started the game, but to do that for 20 minutes isn’t good enough.

“To capitulate like we did at the back end of that game was embarrassing at times. We knew these tough days were going to come but this has hit us hard. I don’t think it hurts too many people but I’ll have a horrible weekend this weekend.”

Castleford head to France for their next Super League outing as they take on Catalans Dragons in Perpignan on Saturday.

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