Castleford Tigers went down 32-22 tonight against Wigan Warriors.
For large parts of the game, the Tigers were well in it and often looked the better side, but Mahe Fonua’s sinbinning just before half-time led to a points onslaught.
Fonua had gone to tackle Jai Field and knocked the ball from the Wigan fullback’s grasp, but was inexplicably sent to the sinbin by referee Chris Kendall
By the time Fonua had settled back into the line, Castleford were down 28-6 and Lee Radford has addressed that yellow card.
“When Mahe Fonua was off the field we conceded 12 points and then we conceded shortly after too,” Radford said.
“It ruined our interchange a little bit, we’re not catching a break at the moment, but I’m not whinging, we’re working hard and I’m proud of them.
“It is what it is and we’re genuinely going to have to get better with 12.”
The Tigers boss was, however, full of praise for his side.
“I thought we were outstanding – it was probably the best night’s sleep I will have all year.
“The effort was phenomenal and we will get some troops back over the next few weeks.
“I thought our footy looked threatening throughout the game. we looked like we could have caused them problems all night.
“What has been our issue is how we many we concede and that period around half-time has really hurt us but I can’t fault our effort.”