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Castleford Tigers boss Lee Radford reacts to his side’s two yellow cards against Hull KR and the tackle clampdown

Castleford Tigers are in a poor situation at present.

Three losses from three games, with little influential attack and a seemingly ill-disciplined side with three cards in three matches, the Tigers look like a shadow of their former selves.

For head coach Lee Radford, the decision to send two of his men – Bureta Faraimo and Liam Watts – to the sinbin for a ten-minute breather by referee Liam Moore was indicative of the current change in tactics from those above.

“It’s a tough one, the game is in a tricky situation, we need insurance to play but we need our best players on the pitch to get Sky deals moving forward,” Radford said on Sky Sports after the game.

“But you don’t want to see academy teams out there by round eight or nine.”

When asked if teams are able to cope with the new rules, Radford said it would be tough after being told for so long to do something different.

“It’s adaptable, pushing halfbacks once the ball has been passed that’s what you’ve been told since you’ve been eight years old.

“It’s a habit you’ve got ingrained in you, but it can change, it will just take time.”

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