RugbyL: Sacked Millward leaves Tigers blueprint

Ian Millward may have been sacked as head coach of Super League outfit Castleford but caretaker boss Danny Orr claims he'll be using his blueprint this weekend against Widnes.

Millward left the Tigers on Tuesday with them languishing at the bottom of Super League after a run of seven straight defeats.

But Millward's time at the Jungle was marred tragically with the death of his 19-year-old son, Robbie, in February 2012.

Since returning from compassionate leave a month later, the 52-year-old has overseen just four Super League wins, with Leeds the only side to taste defeat to the Tigers this season.

But former Great Britain international Orr, who insists he isn't interested in the permanent role, believes Millward wasn't far off getting it right.

"I knew the results weren't good but I knew how hard Basil (Millward) was working with the hours and detail he put in," said Orr.

"It probably was a shock. It is really disappointing he's gone but I don't want the job myself. It was only a few months ago I retired as a player.

"There are not going to be many changes to what we do. We've such a short turnaround it would be silly to go changing things.

"The lads have shown when they do things right here it does work well. They just need to be more consistent."

One man looking to take advantage of the uncertainty at Tigers on Saturday will be Patrick Ah Van -- the man leading Widnes' charge this season.

The winger played more than 50 times for the New Zealand Warriors in the NRL before moving to Europe to join the Bradford Bulls in 2011.

And with five tries to his name already this term, the 25-year-old claims this could be his most prolific season to date in Super League.

"I'm just in the right place at the right time fortunately," said Ah Van. "I get excited every time I'm in the team, if you're a winger and you don't I don't think you're supposed to be a winger.

"I'm slowly getting my fitness back, I had to try and do that this summer because in this team you have to fight for your position.

"I've had a better start than I did last year, all the boys are pretty tight and we get along together."

Elsewhere, Hull FC are still without back row Gareth Ellis for Saturday's clash with Salford but coach Peter Gentle believes he'll be back sooner rather than later.

Gentle insists the 31-year-old won't be rushed back after breaking his foot in the warm-up before the season opener at Leeds.

"Gareth has ramped his training right up, but we'll get a better idea of where he is when we see the scans, but it is looking very positive," said Gentle.

"We won't get ahead of ourselves and the scans may say he is one week or six weeks away, we just don't know until the scan, so we will wait and see."


Leeds Rhinos v London Broncos, St Helens v Catalan Dragons


Salford City Reds v Hull FC, Castleford Tigers v Widnes Vikings


Bradford Bulls v Wigan Warriors, Huddersfield Giants v Hull KR, Wakefield Wildcats v Warrington Wolves