“That’s a question and there’s no answer to that” – Lee Radford questions rule as Castleford Tigers come unstuck against Leeds Rhinos

After some great form recently Castleford crashed back down to earth today losing 34-20 to Leeds.

The Tigers led 10-6 at the break but a blitz from the Rhinos after halftime saw Castleford give their West Yorkshire rivals a boost in the play-off race.

After the game, Castleford boss Lee Radford reflected on his side’s defeat: “First half I thought effort and execution was outstanding in the first half.

“We go into halftime and the indicators are it’s going to be a game of field position but unfortunately second half and they have a period where they have nine sets and we have one. We got dominated in that area.”

So, Radford felt Castleford’s inability to get the ball in the second half underpinned their defeat with Leeds scoring five tries on the back of the weight of their possession.

However, Radford did question one rule in the shape of the ‘six again.’ He noted how long it took the Tigers to receive one: “Set restarts again, it took us until the 73rd minute to get a one again. An incredibly disciplined side are Leeds. That’s a frustration. We’re bottom to the table for six agains. We’re top for metres but bottom for six agains so we’re winning rucks but not getting any set restarts.

“That’s a question and there’s no answer to that other than that everyone is really disciplined when they come up against Castleford Tigers which is fantastic.”

It is a curious one especially with the Tigers dominating Leeds physically in the middle at the start of the game.

So the start was strong as was the finish with Cas scoring twice at the end in what Radford felt was a positive: “What I did like was the response at the end. We didn’t quit.”

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