Super League coach unhappy with appeal verdict

Leeds Rhinos, Wigan Warriors, Hull FC, Salford Red Devils and Castleford Tigers players all landed themselves in trouble this week.

This is because they were hit with charges by the Match Review Panel after the disciplinary review on Monday.

Only six players were banned however despite the huge number if charges. One of them was Castleford star Jacob Miller. The Tigers appealed and failed and Danny Ward doesn’t exactly agree with the decision.

“Yeah a little bit hard. Understood it was a penalty and a sin binning. We didn’t think the ban, with Milky’s (Jacob Miller) record, but we accept it and we move on. There’s a tough one we’ll miss him this week obviously, but gives him a chance to freshen up for next week.”

In terms of alternatives, he said: “There’s a few options we’ve got there. We’ve had lads who’ve played there, you know, previously, like Brodie (Jack Broadbent), Greg Eden, Westey (Joe Westerman), they’ve all played in the halves previously, so we’re just having a look at a few combinations this week. They were big losses for us, but there’s plenty of options.”

He also spoke about finding the right response to the defeat against the Wolves:

“Yeah, we just try to come in with some energy and positivity every day. It was a really tough one to take last week against Warrington, and the good thing was it was a short turnaround, so we probably had one less day on the field, we didn’t have time to sulk and mope about.

“We didn’t really review that game as a team, we thought the best progression for us was just to move forward. That wasn’t glossing over it, when we made the messages nice and clear, we didn’t want to gloss over the fact that it was a pretty poor performance, but at the same time we just got to get positive this week.

“We made training nice and short and snappy and just getting everybody smiling, trying to take the pressure off a little bit. It’s good to be back home this week and hopefully the boys can lift after last week and have a good performance.”