Parker thankful for the PDRL return

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Castleford Tigers’ PDRL team featured in their first festival of the 2022 campaign, held near Wakefield, where each of the six teams were scheduled to play three fixtures. The Tigers came up against Bradford Bulls, Wakefield Trinity and would have played Wigan Warriors if not for an injury stoppage. Michael Parker, of the Fords, expressed how good it felt to be playing again.

“It was brilliant to get back out there with some of the lads and try to put into practice some of the drills and combinations that we have been learning in training.

“It’s great to get out onto the field and help those people that are less fortunate to not be able to play the game and get them back into the running’s and surroundings of the game again.”

Castleford met the newly formed Bradford Bulls side in their first matchup where they claimed a 24-6 victory. Michael provided an overview of the game as well as showing his appreciation to Bradford and a familiar face in their side.

“We used some of those plays we had worked on in training in terms of running those lines and getting some of our combinations going against Bradford. They (Bradford) will take plenty of positives away from that game and learn what they need to improve on. 

“It’s really good to see other teams setting up PDRL teams like Bradford Bulls and Leigh Centurions. The addition of our former player Mick Colborn will be really good for Bradford as he has a lot of experience from a PDRL point of view.”

It was local opposition Wakefield Trinity next for the Tigers and the pair met in two fiercely tight draws last season, but it was Trin who came out victorious in this encounter. On reflection, Michael explained the good and bad points about the game, as well as areas for improvement.

“Next, we came up against a well drilled Wakefield side. We turned over at lot of possession in that game where I thought we could have, at times, held onto that.

“We know what we need to work on and can take a lot from it. We did see an element of our attacking play was there but it’s just a case of knowing when to pull them off at the right moment.”

It was a pleasing first performance from the Fords and in closing, Michael addressed what the team can do moving forward, and the collective spirit built amongst the PDRL community.

“We have had a good pre-season and we are looking forward to seeing how we can capitalise on some of the stuff that didn’t go so well on the weekend.

“It’s been great to get the festivals back up and running considering how long it has been since we have been able to play. I think most people have welcomed that really well.”

If you would like to get involved with Castleford Tigers PDRL team, contact [email protected].

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