Super League coach unhappy with star man’s ban

After the match review panel met on Monday, Leeds Rhinos, Wigan Warriors, Hull FC, Warrington Wolves and Castleford Tigers players landed themselves in trouble but only six players were banned.

Unfortunately for Cas, one of those players was Jacob Miller for his yellow card worthy tip tackle against Warrington last week.

Speaking today, coach Danny Ward wasn’t best pleased with the ban: “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.”