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Powell questions Holmes red card and discusses play-off restructure

Daryl Powell questioned referee Tom Grant’s decision to send off Oliver Holmes in Castleford’s 28-24 defeat to Leeds Rhinos.

Holmes was shown a red card for an incident involving Richie Myler, a decision which played a big part in the outcome of the game.

Speaking on the incident, Powell said: “I think it was poor discipline from Ollie (Holmes). I am not sure I would have sent him off, it might have been a sin-bin.

“It affected the game so hugely, I think it has to be something significant to warrant to send somebody off.

“I am not sure it was. I will have to have a look back at it. I do not think it was a sending off. I think Richard Agar said that to me afterwards as well.

“It has such a big bearing on the game that you have to get that right.”

The Tigers are currently way off the pace in terms of making the play-off places but that could change in the coming days.

There is talk of extending the play-offs beyond the top four in a bid to make the season more meaningful, a change that would bring Powell’s side into contention.

“It is going to be top five? Six? Eight? No idea,” added the Castleford head coach. “Clearly, this is hard work, for the game itself, it is hard work.

“I have always said, we need to get to the end of the season. At the moment, you look at the St Helens team that was out there today for example, as well as some of the teams Leeds have put out.

“It is just really hard. We are trying to get through a difficult situation. Wakefield have had some scenarios, we have just had injury after injury which has made life difficult for us, then throw a couple of positive tests in there and it becomes really hard work.

“The restructure, I would be interested to see what it is. We were hoping, at this stage, we would have fans back in stadiums and that has not happened and that is why the games were grouped together.

Powell is concerned about the hectic fixture schedule. Credit: News Images

“I now have to ask this group of men to play again on Friday, having played Thursday and Monday and that is incredibly tough.

“Then, we are going to have to finish the season where we have another three, where they are really tight together.

“It is so difficult. We are not getting what we wanted. The reason we did this was because we thought there would be some income for clubs so I can understand why it has been done.

“I would just be interested to see what it looks like. What they have talked about is having meaningful fixtures.

“If it is a play-off then it would be meaningful so it would be interesting to see how they pull that together.”

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